nomad's thread on Opinion about Christmas TV and coffeekid's comment that some people must be desperately lonely and bored enough to watch it made me ponder about what makes ideal Christmas entertainment. Is TV part of your Christmas? Time to play board games or falling out with your family? If a fairy gave you a wish to have whatever would make your ideal Christmas in terms of activity, what would it be? I've been thinking about the various Christmases I've had over the years, at least those I remember, and the one that stands out as the most entertaining was one I related a while back where my dad arranged for all of us to spend a few days in a hotel on the Isle of Wight. None of us knew what to expect and it might easily have turned out to be dreadful, but as it happened, the people who ran the hotel knew exactly how to keep us entertained the whole time and organised a series of activities their clients could be involved in if they wished or do their own things instead. We were all adults by then and up to that point, Christmas day was spent at my parent's house with my mum getting knackered catering for us all so I think he probably decided it was time she had a rest from it whilst still keeping it a family Christmas. I couldn't tell you if there was a telly or board game in the hotel. There most likely was, but nobody watched or played any. They had a band to entertain us every night, organised a treasure hunt around the island and a fancy dress ball was sprung upon us where we had to use our imagination with whatever we could get hold of to dress up in. Other things too, that escape my memory, but I recall there was never a dull moment, nor any argument. Maybe the thing that made it such a success was simply the fact that nothing at all needed to be planned.