What Does Christmas Mean To You?

Christmas is a time for traditions – we all have them, whether they’ve been passed down the family through the generations or you’ve made your own. Many people associate Christmas with a time for giving, while others may prefer to reflect on the festive party atmosphere. Let’s take a look at the many associations of Christmas and how Warner Leisure Hotels can help make your Christmas one to remember.

The Food

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Christmas dinner  

We tend to do a great deal of feasting at Christmas, with many sitting down to a traditional Christmas dinner every year – and here at Warner Leisure Hotels it’s no different. Although turkey is the preferred choice of meat these days, the traditional Christmas dinner used to consist of pheasant, swan or even peacock. To accompany our succulent bird, we eat roast potatoes, parsnips, pigs in blankets (sausages wrapped in bacon), Yorkshire pudding, Brussels sprouts, and mint, apple, cranberry sauce or gravy – or all four if you’re feeling adventurous.

Dessert

Dessert is usually Christmas pudding. Traditionally, a silver coin was hidden in the pudding and whoever got that piece got to keep it. We also eat mince pies – whether homemade or shop bought, these tasty treats are delicious warmed through with a splash of cream.

Chocolate

Chocolate is another popular treat around Christmas time, with many people receiving bags of gold wrapped coins in their stockings. This tradition originated from the time when St Nicholas gave bags of gold coins to the poor.

Advent calendars also contain chocolate – a small chunk for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. However, each window traditionally opened to a Christmas scene picture and there were sometimes homemade gifts inside.

Drinks

Mulled wine is a delicious drink to keep you warm on a cold winter’s day. Other popular Christmas time drinks include:

  • Hot chocolate
  • Eggnog (made from sugar, milk and eggs, with an added tot of brandy, bourbon or rum)
  • Bucks fizz (champagne and orange juice)

 

The Mood

Here at Warner Leisure Hotels, we want all of our guests to have the time of their lives. Our Christmas breaks are packed with festive activities, tasty food, and a holly jolly atmosphere – after all, Christmas is a time for celebration. When you visit one of our luxury locations, all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit – let us take care of the rest for you.

 

The Giving

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A Warner Leisure Hotels Christmas break is all about the giving – on our part that is. We make it our mission to give you a truly memorable Christmas and offer a whole host of food, fun and games to enjoy.

It is customary to give presents to your loved ones at Christmas, in memory of the gifts given to baby Jesus by the wise men. Of course, buying presents for the whole family can get expensive, not to mention difficult to know what to buy for people who seem to already have everything. So many people choose nowadays to do a Secret Santa, where everyone’s names are put into a hat and the person whose name you draw is the one you will present the gift to on Christmas Day. Some people prefer to use this time of year to give something to those less fortunate than themselves.

 

The Getting

With giving comes the act of receiving too. Whether you’ll be opening presents from your family and friends this Christmas or joining us at one of our seven country hotels or six coastal hotels and villages, there’s no rule about not treating yourself. So go on, why not indulge yourself this Christmas with a luxury Warner Leisure Hotels Christmas break?

 

The Entertainment

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Entertainment is a big part of the Christmas experience at Warner Leisure Hotels. Whether your interests lie in dancing or singing, we’ve got an activity to suit your needs.

Dancing

The Christmas party season is the perfect opportunity for dancing. Whether you prefer to sit back and enjoy watching a dance performance, or wish to get involved yourself, we have plenty of options available for you. Our Do you Warner Dance? workshops are always popular with our guests and are tailored to suit all abilities. We also have performances from the likes of renowned dancing stars Anton du Beke and Erin Boag.

Singing

We love a bit of singing here at Warner Leisure Hotels, especially at Christmas. If you’re a fan of singing, come along to our Festive Pop Choir where we’ll teach you harmonies and dance moves to your favourite Christmas tunes. Here’s a fun fact for you – the UK’s favourite Christmas carol is O Holy Night – what’s your favourite carol? Enjoy carol singing? You’ll love our Christmas Carol Sing-a-long concert on at each hotel during the festive period. If you prefer to be entertained by your favourite singers, Warner Leisure Hotels is delighted to announce that Russell Watson, Aled Jones and The Osmonds are just a few of our Star Breaks performers you can enjoy.

Everything else

We also have a whole host of other Christmas entertainment available, from pantomime shows of Aladdin, to our Jingle Bell Jukebox Party Show, movie matinee showings, as well as performances from tribute acts such as Whitney Houston, Queen, The Beatles and many more. Did you know that these three acts all received the number one spot at Christmas over the years? The Beatles achieved an impressive total of three Christmas number ones!

For more fun facts on Christmas entertainment, take a look at our Ultimate Christmas Entertainment infographic.

 

The Parties

Your calendar is bound to be full of parties and events this festive season. Parties at Christmas time offer the perfect way to catch up with old friends and enjoy celebrating in a truly festive atmosphere. Deck the halls with boughs of holly…

 

The Charm

There’s nothing quite like the charm of Christmas – from frosty winter mornings to snow covered houses, loud and proud Christmas jumpers to outdoor lights and Christmas trees, if you’re anything like us, you’ll get swept away by the magical nature of this holiday season.

 

The Socialising

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In addition to celebrating, Christmas is a great time for socialising. Whether you’re catching up with old friends over a mince pie and a glass of sherry or making new friends at a Christmas party, there’s no doubt about it that the season is all about goodwill and being jolly. So this year, don’t be lonely at Christmas – come and join us at Warner Leisure Hotels for a fun-filled, sociable time.

 

The Time To Yourself

While socialising and making new friends is an exciting way to spend Christmas, sometimes you just need a bit of time to yourself. Use this me-time to indulge yourself. Focus on doing the things you love the most and really relax and unwind ahead of the New Year. Many people use Christmas as a time to reflect on the past year, while others treat themselves to something special – be it a gift or a holiday.

 

The Feel Good Factor

Christmas is also a time for feeling good. With the exciting lead up and everyone around you in a happy mood, there’s no reason not to feel the same. Make Christmas Eve extra special with a cosy night in watching Christmas films, wrapping presents and dining with your loved ones. The time spent with family and friends on Christmas Day itself puts everyone in an appreciative mood, being thankful for what they have and what they will receive.

 

 

So what does Christmas mean to you? Find out more about how you can make this Christmas truly memorable with Warner Leisure Hotels.

 

3 Comments

  1. For the Concierge Team Leader(Carla)
    Having recieved a notification to-day 0n the 04/12/2014.
    The reasons we have not booked frquently this year is
    1) The christmas booking in the Isle of Wight Bembridge for the 19/12/2014 was fully booked, and with other warner places.
    2) My partner and myself have been busy with doctors and hospital appointments this year awaiting a major hip replacement which is now due in February 2015.
    You should be asking why and assume people have other domestic problems that need addressing as a prioirty in life.
    My concierge number is 34370 so it would be a loss for warners to clamp down on the concierge members for their domestic problems, and warner places fully booked.
    I would like an reply to this comment ASAP.

  2. Christmas to us IS Sinah Warren! Everything is thought of from the superb food to entertainment that should grace the London stages. The hot chestnuts, mulled wine, fake snow, Father Christmas in his carriage with presents for all plus loads more that I could list. Yes we love our family & do indeed spend some time with them over the holiday but Christmas without Warner’s is like Strawberries without cream – superb but there is just something missing. Unfortunately changed circumstances, the acquisition of a darling little “rescue” dog & family problems means we cannot take any Warner breaks at present but we will return as soon as feasible.

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