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Posted on 22/12/2015 by David

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If you are planning a Christmas cottage getaway, here are some essentials you must take with you to make your trip as good as can be!

 1. Mulled wine and mince pies

Mince Pies

Christmas is incomplete without mulled wine and mince pies. Buying spice bundles to add to red wine or some pre-made mulled wine can be the easiest option. For the kids, swap mulled wine for hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows and cream – yum! 

 2. Warm Clothes Warm Clothes

Once you’re in the cottage, there is no doubt it will be toasty but take your woolly hat and scarf to make sure you can go for a walk and blow those after-meal cobwebs away. For the night time, take your festive PJ’s and warmest slipper socks to really get in the festive spirit. 

3. Board Games

Spending time in the cottage is an opportunity to spend some quality time with friends and family, and you can always count on a classic board game to get people smiling. Your cottage may provide board games but if you have a favourite make sure you bring it with you. Whether you’re a fan of Scrabble or you love a competitive game of Monopoly, plenty of games will keep everyone off their phones!

4. Christmas Films/Music

At Christmas it’s perfectly acceptable to spend hours in your pyjamas watching Christmas films, eating those choccies you had originally intended to be the ‘Christmas day box’, so don’t forget to take your favourite DVDs or download the classics in advance. Also, make sure you dig out those CD’s from the back of the cupboard; you’ll want those classic Christmas songs blasting out whilst you’re cooking up a feast! 

5. Christmas Cards/Decorations 

Decs

Most houses will be decorated or provide decorations for you to put up yourself, you can check with the owner if you are unsure. If you’re going away for a while, take some of your Christmas cards and decorations with you. Adding a little bit of home can make that Christmas getaway just that little extra bit special.

And if you’re going away over the days of Christmas (Christmas Day) there a few other essentials you need to remember:

6. Christmas Presents

Whether you have the kids or not, don't forget the presents or the stockings... 

 Presents

7. Christmas Dinner 

Turkey

You may decide to go out to a local country pub for your Christmas dinner, but if not why not buy everything from the excellent local suppliers which you can pre-order. Alternatively, organise for your food to be delivered directly to your cottage? This will not only save you hassle of your turkey defrosting in the car, but this means you are not limited by the space available to you – hey presto – a feast for all! 

Getting away to a holiday cottage can be one of the most relaxing things to do in the festive season, but remember to pack all your little bits and bobs to add that little extra festive feeling. Did we miss anything? Please leave a comment!