Most people are now checking their bank balances and working out the exact cost of Christmas. A quick tally up around the HC office proves that like most people we seem to have spent way more than anticipated (as per usual!)
UK retailers recorded their worst December figures since 2004 according to The British Retail Consortium. However, e-consultancy.com recorded the opposite for online traders who experienced a bouyant Christmas, fuelled by customers seeking a good deal.
Now for the stats…
4.4 million people in the UK spent a total of £84 million on Christmas Day, 269% more than last year with an average of £19.09 per person. While in the US £14.9 billion was spent in December up 19% on last year.
In reference to an earlier blog I mentioned that I was given an unusual Christmas gift, a night in the Lowengraben Jail Hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland (Jail Hotel). In fact it is the only jail hotel in Switzerland!
Below are a few pictures from our stay, not the most luxurious of hotels but quirky none the less!
2007 has been a very fun and hectic time for us, so with another year over with, everyone at HappyChristmas.com would like to wish you all the very best in 2008.
In a warm hearted gesture (or a cunning publicity ploy!) leading hoteliers Travelodge are offering up free rooms over the Christmas period to any married couples named Mary and Joseph.
Festive couples can spend a night in any Travelodge hotel from Christmas Eve to January 5th 2008, providing, couples are married and have identity to prove so.
All that is left to be seen is if Travelodge have enough spare rooms to cope with the extra business, and if not? There is always the old failsafe… the stable!