The countdown to Christmas has begun. Anyone planning to spend Christmas away in a cottage or log cabin should have already booked somewhere to stay, especially if a large house is required for a big group. Spending Christmas away from home can be exciting; new places to explore, new shops, a change of events, a different unfamiliar kitchen. It is easy to organise a big family get-together at Christmas if everyone plays their part with a generous spirit and is prepared to give of themselves. A family Christmas and New Year party with games and lively chatter could be on the cards if you book that self-catering accommodation soon.