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Now the days are colder, darker and shorter *sigh* – it can only mean one thing. That’s right – those sleigh bells will soon be ring-a-ringing and jing-a-jing-jingling.

As it’s never too early to drop a Christmas hint or two *eyelash flutters*, now is the perfect time to get writing those seasonal wishlists, especially if you’d rather see theatre tickets popping out of your Christmas stocking instead of itchy, ill-designed knitwear!

And with Christmas shopping breaks to be organised (shopping? *squeal!*) or Christmas and New Year breaks to be planned, you can rely on me – your very own Christmas angel – to have put together a very ‘nice’ list for the festive season.

Perfect Presents:

Christmas isn’t all about the presents. It’s true. But for those of us who’ve worked hard to be on the nice list, a good present can make Christmas… well, magical.

I know I’d rather have theatre tickets (hint, hint – loved ones!), concert tickets or holiday gift vouchers than patterned socks or a selection box.

Christmas Shopping:

Now it’s not all about the presents, but there’s nothing like a bit of Christmas shopping to get you in the festive mood. And, even if shopping isn’t up your street – there’s plenty to get excited when planning a Christmas shopping break.

Try a Christmas shopping break in London, Glasgow or Liverpool and get a change of scene as well as those all-important pressies.

If the high street normally isn’t your thing, why not get into the Christmas spirit by searching Christmas markets in the UK’s biggest cities for festive treats? With wooden stalls and huts transforming city centres all over the UK into winter wonderland markets selling sweets, crafts and gifts – it’s easy to grab a bargain.

Or, why not head to Europe’s historic Christmas markets and pick up Christmas treats while enjoying sightseeing in the historic surrounds. From chocolate shopping in Belgium to a fairy tale carriage ride through the Swiss snow – you’re bound to find the Christmas magic (and some stocking fillers!) in Europe.

Christmas Breaks:

As lovely as Christmas is, don’t you just wish that you didn’t have to baste and cook a turkey, put some Brussels sprouts on the boil, dress your Christmas tree or trudge from one distant relative’s house to the other?

With a Christmas Break you can side-step the usual stresses of planning a family Christmas by escaping to hotels where the Christmas tree has been decorated, Christmas dinner has been organised and festive entertainment has been laid on.

And there’s a Christmas break to suit everyone, whether you’d like to escape to rural retreats in Scotland, Yorkshire and the Lake District, or to the cosmopolitan surrounds of London.

If you’d like to stay at home, but would like to indulge in a little early festive fun why not try a winter Murder Mystery break or a Fawlty Towers tribute break?

New Year Breaks:

Get planning now – and start 2011 in style!

Whisk yourself off for a night or two – and see in the New Year with a New Year break in Scotland’s party cities or rural highlands, the scenic lake district, in historic South West England, lovely Yorkshire or in the bright lights of Blackpool and the North West.

And remember ladies, booking now will give you more time to plan your outfit!

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