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8 Things to Read and Watch for a Cosy Winter Day

Christmas is the perfect time to cosy down with a good book or blog, or to get the family together and watch a holiday movie.

26 Nov 2019

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  • No matter how bad the weather is, here’s a list which will help you feel warm inside
  • We asked around the Argyll Holidays team for their Christmas recommendations
  • Do you agree that these are the best books, blogs and films? Is there anything missing from our list?

Classic Christmas Reads:

Snuggling down with a book or blog is a great way to spend your Christmas break. Plus, a thoughtful book you know someone will enjoy can be the most fantastic gift. 

1. The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs

As recommended by Calum, Argyll Holidays Events Manager

The front cover of the Snowman

This heart-warming Christmas tale is an equally popular book and short film. We can’t help humming “Walking in the Air” when going through this classic Christmas picture book.

2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr Seuss

As recommended by Sam Flemming, Argyll Holidays Marketing Assistant

Front cover of How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Another Christmas read famously adapted for the silver screen. We would definitely recommend giving the original source material a read. It’s full of classic Dr Seuss fun rhymes and rhythms, loved by children and adults alike.

Fabulously Festive Blogs:

3. All Things Christmas

The header of the All Things Festive blog

This blog is the ultimate list of everything you could ever want to know about Christmas - decoration ideas, recipes, history and tradition. It’s the perfect place to visit for a dash of Christmas inspiration.

4. The Lights of Christmas

The header from the Lights of Christmas blog

Fairy lights take front and centre in this blog which celebrates Christmas lights around the world. Stunning pictures show the imaginative ways even the darkest winter nights can be lit up.

5. Argyll Holidays blog

The header from Argyll Holidays Christmas blog

We are running loads of great Christmas activities over the festive season. Subscribe to our blog to be the first to know about our special offers and Christmas surprises in the run-up to the big day.

Cracking Christmas Films

We also asked the Argyll Holidays team for their favourite films to watch to get into the Christmassy spirit. There are loads of great Christmas movies available, but here are three of our favourites:

6. The Muppets Christmas Carol

As recommended by Sam, Marketing Assistant

The film poster for the Muppets Christmas Carol

This family-friendly retelling of the famous Charles Dickens novel manages to be lighthearted, enjoyable and truly celebrates the spirit of Christmas.

7. Miracle on 34th Street 

As recommended by Andrew, Group Head of Marketing

Miracle on 34th Street Artwork

This film brings great childhood memories for Andrew, as “it’s the first Christmas film that my Mum puts on every year!”. 

Originally released in 1947, this film was then remade in 1994. It follows the story of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Father Christmas.

8. Home Alone

As recommended by Ross, Digital Marketing Executive

The cover art for Home Alone

Leaving a child behind on holiday may be a nightmare for parents, but this film imagines just how fun it would be for an eight-year-old.

Christmas Lodges

You’ll never be short of outdoor activities when staying with Argyll Holidays, but if you fancy a cosy winter day in, this list is a great place to start. Let us know if you check out any of our recommendations on your lodge holiday this Christmas!

Or, if you want to keep the Christmas spirit going, you can visit our Festive Hub for more activities, music and Christmas inspiration.

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