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It’s that time of year again. With Christmas rapidly approaching, you might be wondering how to add that magical touch to the holidays this year. Don’t worry, there are lots of ways you can infuse your Christmas with extra luxury, and make it extra special for you and your family. Here are just some of them.

Relax with luxury games

Planning Christmas festivities can be stressful, so don’t forget to take time out with your loved ones and do something fun, like playing board games. Forget the usual dog eared Snakes and Ladders though – make things extra special with something upscale. Designer brands often do their own high end versions of classic games. For example, Hermes has brought out their own set of playing cards in a luxury leather holder for £490. If cards aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, what about a luxury Bingo set? Amazon has a complete Brybelly bingo set for £143. Bingo is excellent because it has very simple rules, yet gets everyone in the group involved in the fun. Even granny will enjoy it! If you have a competitive streak you can even practice the game beforehand with online bingo – grab yourself a glass of champagne and recline on the sofa with your laptop. Try a site like 32Red, where there are often bonuses for new players. Playing bingo on the site is simple, choose from 90 ball bingo, where you have three chances to win, or 75 ball bingo where you have to complete the pattern on your bingo card to win. If you’re really serious about your Bingo prowess, other online bingo sites you could try include Wink Bingo, and Cheers Bingo.

Grab a luxury Christmas tree

Let’s face it, when it comes to Christmas, it’s all about the tree. But some trees don’t live up to our expectations. A lot of trees have been cut down weeks in advance and by the time they reach our sitting rooms, they’re on their last legs. Pine needles fall everywhere, branches look bare and the tree can barely support the weight of so many baubles. So, what’s the solution? A luxury synthetic Christmas tree. Ok, so they don’t come with the same lovely pine scent, but they are fuller and more healthy looking than their real-life counterparts. They can also be bought ready-to-go with LED lights included. For inspiration, look at Housology’s range which come in at between £375 and £1,499. The best part? Your luxury Christmas tree is likely to survive several Christmases, saving you the hassle of lugging one home every year.

Have Christmas in the Highlands

Give yourself the ultimate relaxing Christmas this year by checking your nearest and dearest into a high end hotel or resort. That way, Christmas is done for you. You don’t have to look too far afield either, because there are plenty of gorgeous country manors and snug spa hotels to retreat to in the British Isles. Most will do a package that includes Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. The result? Even mum can put her feet up and forget about whipping up a culinary masterpiece. If roaring log fires and snowy walks through the woods appeal to you, for example, the Torridon Hotel on Scotland’s Loch Torridon offers a traditional afternoon tea on Christmas eve, served in the opulent library. Enjoy champagne and canapés on Christmas Day, as well as a full Christmas dinner. A treasure hunt on Boxing day finishes things off nicely. What more could you want? Rates start from £1198.00 per room for a three day package.

Get someone else to do Christmas

It might sound extravagant (and hey, isn’t that the idea?) but getting a catering company to come and cook for you this Christmas is the ultimate treat for everyone. It’s also a brilliant way to spend your 32Red winnings on all the family in one go. A private chef and waiting staff will take the pressure off everyone, leaving you with no washing up to do at all! A catering company like Chef In my Kitchen will do everything for you, from start to finish. That means shopping for all those essential ingredients, cooking the 4 to 7 course meal for you in your own kitchen, dressing the table with festive decorations and serving it to you. What could be more fun? If your chosen caterer doesn’t work on Christmas day, many will provide the whole meal for collection on Christmas Eve, with full instructions on how to cook. Not into a pre-cooked meal? You can also get “Christmas dinner in a box” from some luxury companies, where they will gather all of the tasty high end ingredients for the perfect Christmas dinner and deliver them to your door a few days before the big day. Chic London deli Melrose and Morgan do a full shopping list to choose from, or a set package that feeds 6 for £100.

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