Christmas is a fantastic and exciting time of year for a family to get together. As a traditional season of meeting up and getting festive in large groups, what better way to really push the boat out, than to rent a beautiful holiday house.
While you’ll find lots of trees, tinsel and turkey north of the border at Christmas, the festive period in Scotland isn’t quite the same as the rest of the UK. It’s a much younger celebration for a start, Father Christmas goes under a different name and there’s a real penchant for all things fiery. Then there is New Year that the Scottish have their own name for and celebrate like no one else. Read on to discover some truly Scottish Christmas traditions.
Winter coats and sturdy boots ward off the chilly day. Forced inside by long dark evenings, with windows shut and curtains drawn. The warmth of a log fire pulls in the crowd, the perfect conduit for family interaction. Whether you’re roasting chestnuts, toasting crumpets or warming toes, a home with a hearth is a happy place to be.
Scottish gifts for foodies
We all know one of them – someone who puts chutney on everything. Someone who has a cupboard full of artisan oils. Someone who is more interested in the production process of cheese than they are about your day at work. Someone who will talk for twenty minutes about how their favourite whisky is distilled….
But the lengthy lectures on food and drink endured all year round are totally worth it at Christmas, when buying a Christmas present for your foodie friend is easier than breaking a Scottish shortbread biscuit in half…
So we’ve pulled together a collection of Scotland’s finest foodie gifts – click any items on the slideshow below to visit the supplier’s website:
PS And if you’re the foodie, just leave your laptop open on this page and hope that your loved one gets the hint….