I know, I know, it’s still November. Usually I wouldn’t be writing about Christmas quite so early, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently.

Christmas travel is big business. There are loads of people who take the Christmas holidays as a great excuse to travel and I can totally see why. But I don’t like to travel at Christmas. Let me clarify, I mean Christmas Day specifically. Christmas Day is one day of the year that I absolutely want to spend at home.

You might think that’s a bit of a weird thing for a travel blogger and writer. Surely my profession means I’d be happy to travel at absolutely anytime? Any other time of year I love to travel, to get away and to visit both new and old places. But, not at Christmas.

Travel at Christmas is a great idea for some, but it just isn’t something I’d be into. I know Christmas can be a really hard time for people for many different reasons. For me, Christmas is one of the best times of year and I know I’m lucky that’s the case.
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There’s nothing better than waking up in your own bed excited for the day ahead. Opening presents on the couch and toasting to the day with breakfast bubbles. Finally giving the gifts I’ve been planning for months and seeing the looks on people’s faces as they open them. Eating too much fabulous food and washing it all down with some fantastic wine. 

I love to be surrounded by my family who I’m very close to. It’s also my older brothers birthday on Christmas Day so I love to celebrate that with him and the rest of the family. The day feels extra special because of it and we’ve always gone out of our way to make his birthday as big a deal as Christmas.

For me, most of the magic of Christmas is the actual day itself. It’s the food, the champagne, the sparkling lights, being surrounded by everyone I love and the happiness that is all around. It’s the best. 

On Christmas Day we go to my brother Iain’s for Christmas dinner. Although it’s his birthday and you might think he’d want to relax, that couldn’t be further from the truth. He’s a fantastic cook and he loves to host everyone in his house and whip up some amazing dishes.
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So, this year, the same as every other year, I’ll be spending Christmas at home in Scotland. And I couldn’t be happier about that.

I won’t be home for too long though…Thomas and I are heading off on a Scottish mini-break over the New Year with a group of about 20 others. It’s set to be a bit of a party and we can’t wait!

Do you like to travel at Christmas or do you prefer to stay home like me?