THE COUNT­DOWN to Christ­mas is on...

The Arran Banner - - Christmas On Arran -

With only 24 days left be­fore Christ­mas the count­down has truly be­gun with the big day rapidly ap­proach­ing. In no time at all, we will all be eat­ing mince pies, tuck­ing into great fes­tive fayre, spend­ing time with loved ones and shar­ing gifts and Christ­mas cheer.

And if the weather has not yet started to make you feel like Christ­mas is near­ing then a visit to any store will cer­tainly put you in the fes­tive mood. Well loved sing-along Christ­mas car­ols and songs abound ev­ery­where you go and now that De­cem­ber has started, dec­o­ra­tions, welladorned trees and tin­sel are also start­ing to ap­pear­ing ev­ery­where.

With the true mean­ing of Christ­mas be­ing about cel­e­bra­tions and shared time with loved ones, it can also be a very busy time for many, with food prepa­ra­tion, house dec­o­rat­ing, travel plan­ning and pur­chas­ing spe­cial gifts and sur­prises - there can be so much to or­gan­ise in the run up to the big day.

In the spirit of sav­ing pre­cious time and help­ing you to pre­pare for this Christ­mas pe­riod, the Ar­ran Ban­ner has com­piled a com­pi­la­tion of peo­ple, places and stores to visit that are all of­fer­ing fes­tive deals and bar­gains ga­lore to help you to care of all of your fes­tive needs.

While many will re­sort to go­ing on­line or be tempted to visit main­land stores there is a sur­pris­ingly near-com­plete set of stores and pro­duc­ers right on your doorstep that can cater for your ev­ery need, from food to gifts to dec­o­ra­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties and pam­per ses­sions, it is all right here, and shop­ping lo­cally also means that that you sup­port the com­mu­ni­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions that abound on Ar­ran. Shop­ping lo­cally sup­ports your neigh­bours the lo­cal mi­cro-econ­omy and en­cour­ages lo­cal com­merce who in turn sup­port other lo­cal en­ter­prise and causes. It all makes per­fect sense, and of course you get to take ad­van­tage of a wide choice of good qual­ity, of­ten unique, and all well-re­garded prod­ucts from sell­ers and pur­vey­ors of Ar­ran in­spired mer­chan­dise and ser­vices.

Browse, from the com­fort of your own arm­chair, our se­lec­tion of top fes­tive fayre over the fol­low­ing few pages. And all of them within close driv­ing dis­tance with­out hav­ing to travel to far-flung des­ti­na­tions and all with typ­i­cal Ar­ran hospi­tal­ity and a warm wel­come.

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