Christmas out of the country has its attractions
With storms forecast for next week, there may be many people who will envy the families in our Life cover story today who seek alternative climes for their Christmas celebrations.
While there is always a certain warmth in having family and friends near on the big day, the idea of relaxing by the pool with none of the hassle of preparing a huge feast for all and sundry does have its attraction.
And if you really want to feel slightly more seasonal, then follow the example of those who head for the ski slopes. At least they are guaranteed a White Christmas, and the low temperatures will make the mulled drinks slip down all the more easily.
But wherever you spend the big day, have a good time.