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Escape for Christmas?

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Respecting people’s wishes at Christmas is incredibly important and there are plenty of people who, given the choice, would be very comfortable to spend the 25th of December in their own company, creating their own vision for the day. For many it can feel like the whole world is at a party while your world has come to a complete standstill, particularly for those experiencing grief at this time of year. So it is important to achieve a balance. Keep an eye out for our friends and family members who may be feeling lonely or isolated during the festivities while also supporting those who want to try something different.

If you are still thinking of getting away this Christmas and feel that you have left planning too late, we are delighted to let you know that we are still open for business and can assist you to make last minute plans for the holidays. Imagine arriving at your gloriously secluded getaway and unloading your car of Christmas goodies and your now packed to capacity suitcase of books. Some of our available properties for Christmas include Termon House in Co. Donegal, which is right on the beach front for peaceful walks early on Christmas morning. Or try and explain how Santa negotiates his journey to the beautifully remote Loop Head Lightkeeper’s House in Kilbaha village, Co. Clare. Lightkeepers’ cottages JP Ketch and JP Sloop in Co. Down are available for adults only. When most people are looking at a turkey on the table, you have the chance to encounter a stunning landscape right at the ocean’s edge.

We have properties to suit everyone so do not hesitate to drop us an email at bookings@irishlandmark.com for further assistance.

If, for whatever reason, you’re not feeling Christmas this year, do remember you are not alone. Paul Durcan, the contemporary Irish poet offers an irreverent outlook on Christmas in his book length poem of the same name.

Christmas is the Feast of St

Loneliness

I street-walk at night

Looking in the windows

Of other people’s houses

Assessing their Christmas

decorations,

Marking them out of ten.

It is a poem that taps into an alternative way of feeling and being at this time of year, a nourishing soul search if you will. It is available on BBC online and is well worth a listen.

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0854ygx

Another antidote to Christmas joy and cheer is Joni Mitchell’s beautiful song River. This song begins with a ‘jingle bells’ melody and sets the scene of Christmas with trees being cut down and reindeer decorations being placed up. However, this song reminds us that pain, sadness and our personal life stories do not miraculously vanish at Christmas and that we have to carry them through a backdrop of festivity.

Once again, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas. We would like to offer our ongoing gratitude for your support by staying in our buildings and by placing heritage at the core of your travel plans. Do remember, we would be honoured to accommodate you over the holidays whether you are a group or someone who would like to travel solo. If you are all set for Christmas, we do hope you will consider a break with us in 2017.