Our Favourite Christmas Traditions

There are numerous Christmas traditions that people all around the world hold dear to their hearts. From decorating the Christmas tree and overindulging on food, wine to celebrating with those held dearly – all festive obligations to instil that Christmas cheer! At our luxury hotel in Wiltshire, we are experts at festive merrymaking – so why not make a Christmas in Wiltshire your new family tradition?

A time of joyous celebration and indulgence – this is a time to come together with your family, friends and loved ones – to reflect on the year and to exchange gifts and well wishes. Here is a list of some of our favourite Christmas traditions from all around the world.

Origins

Our country house manor is synonymous with Christmas, from resplendently decorated rooms, to our Head Chef’s classic culinary creations – at Bishopstrow, we adore everything that Christmas represents. The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. Others believe that this date may have been chosen due to the Winter Solstice and pagan Roman midwinter festivals. One thing everyone can agree on, however, is that Christmas was made for celebrating.

Celebrate Good Times

Partying is a firm tradition of the season. Whether you have a favourite tipple, love a good meal or like to celebrate in good company, you can continue this tradition with one of our festive dining and party nights. We have all the celebratory necessities well stocked so eat to your heart’s content, let the high spirits rise and allow the drinks to flow during your festive visit at our Warminster hotel.

Oh, Christmas Tree

An evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate Christian and pagan winter festivals for thousands of years. Nowadays, families opt for imitation trees, smaller scale trees or go to a Christmas tree farm to select their own. Symbolic in many ways, at Bishopstrow we love the occasion of decorating our very own tree each year and making our luxury hotel in Wiltshire feel like a home away from home with each room decorated.

A Feast For All The Senses

Food is arguably the best part of seasonal celebrations. Traditional Salvadoran Christmas dishes include sautéed turkey sandwiches in a baguette with lettuce and radishes; here in the UK, we feast on roast turkey whereas in Australia they dine on cold ham. Brazil opts for pork loins and suckling pig or goose are the traditional Christmas feast of families in Russia and Serbia. For those of us who have a taste for a classic roast, our Christmas Day Lunch is the perfect excuse to put down the potato peeler and let us do all the hard work – and the dishes!

New Surroundings

A newer tradition in recent years calls for people to travel or spend Christmas away from their family home. Perfect for escapism and creating new memories each year, a mini break during Christmas is ideal for those too busy to take a holiday throughout the year. If you seek a retreat, then our Country House Christmas package will see you lost in your own little world. From Christmas Eve to the 27th December, our family hotel in Wiltshire will become your own festive paradise.

Gift Giving

Whether you give gifts because of the three wise men and their offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh, or because of the tale of jolly old St Nicholas, giving gifts to your loved ones is a much-loved part of Christmas for many people around the world. Instead of a traditional gift this year, why not give your loved one a relaxing and rejuvenating experience with our perfect Christmas Spa gift? This is one present you won’t need to worry about keeping the receipt for!

If you want to make long-lasting memories and begin a new tradition, our hotel in Warminster has a whole host of Christmas festivities that will suit every family. If you would like to join us for Christmas Day Lunch, please book soon as we have very limited tables available. To find out more, see our Festive Packages, call us on 01985 212 312 or email us here.

Join us for a delicious five-course dinner with excellent Vidal wine pairing hosted by Hugh Crichton!