Nomadic Christmas

Nomadic Christmas: How to make your own tradition this year

Saturday 09th Dec 2023 |

The festive season is traditionally associated with cosy homes, roaring fires, and family gatherings. However, in an era that champions individuality and freedom, there’s a growing trend of breaking away from the conventional and celebrating Christmas in a nomadic fashion. This year, Boutique Camping invites you to embrace a Nomadic Christmas — a unique way of revelling in the holiday spirit by crafting your own traditions and exploring unconventional winter experiences.

Finding festive adventure in the heart of the UK

For the adventurous souls who prefer a touch of frost on their festive celebrations, winter camping in the UK beckons. The rugged beauty of the Lake District or the enchanting Scottish Highlands provide a breathtaking backdrop for a nomadic Christmas. Equip yourself with a sturdy tent, warm layers, and a spirit of adventure as you wake up to the crisp air and the stunning views of nature’s winter wonderland. Top tips for camping in December include:

  • Choose a thermal sleeping bag to stay warm during chilly nights
  • Pack layers to regulate body temperature effectively
  • Invest in a flame-retardant, high-quality bell tent with wood-burning stove
  • Choose a campsite that permits campfires
  • Plan your camping trip in advance and be aware of weather conditions

Finding winter sun in Europe

For those seeking a Christmas basking in winter sun, Europe offers an array of delightful destinations. Swap snow for sunshine and head to the charming streets of Seville, Spain, or the picturesque landscapes of the Algarve in Portugal. Embrace the festive cheer with a touch of Mediterranean warmth, where Christmas markets, vibrant decorations, and local traditions create a unique yuletide experience.

If, however, you yearn for a classic snowy setting, venture into the Alpine wonderlands of Switzerland or Austria, where snow-capped peaks and enchanting villages provide a magical backdrop for a traditional winter holiday. Additionally, the Scandinavian countries, such as Norway and Sweden, boast pristine landscapes blanketed in snow, offering a serene and idyllic escape for those who dream of a white Christmas.

Alternative Christmas dinner: Pizza oven recipes 

No Christmas celebration is complete without indulging in delicious festive food. For those adventurous souls embracing a nomadic Christmas, consider elevating your culinary experience by bringing along a portable pizza oven. This compact and versatile cooking tool not only adds an exciting element to your outdoor escapade, but also opens up a world of delicious possibilities.

Picture gathering around the campfire, the aroma of freshly baked pizzas wafting through the crisp winter air, creating a cosy and communal atmosphere. The pizza oven also allows you to easily whip up a variety of hot and hearty meals, providing a comforting touch to your camping experience. Its efficiency and ease of use make it a must-have for campers looking to add a delectable twist to their holiday festivities under the stars.

Consider whipping up these quick and easy Christmassy recipes designed for the pizza oven.

Recipe 1: Festive cranberry and brie pizza

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Brie cheese
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Walnuts (optional)

Instructions:

  • Roll out the pizza dough and spread a generous layer of cranberry sauce.
  • Add slices of brie cheese evenly across the pizza.
  • Sprinkle fresh rosemary and, if desired, crushed walnuts.
  • Cook in the pizza oven until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted.

Recipe 2: Yuletide apple and cinnamon pizza

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough
  • Apple sauce
  • Apple slices
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla ice cream (for serving)

Instructions:

  • Roll out the pizza dough, spread a layer of apple sauce, and arrange thin apple slices.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over the apples.
  • Bake in the pizza oven until the crust is crisp and the apples are caramelised.
  • Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra festive touch.

Alternative Christmas dinner: Cast iron cooking

If pizza isn’t your thing, why not try a bushcraft Christmas dinner — a delightful array of dishes expertly crafted using a trusty cast iron cooking set. Begin your festive feast with an indulgent starter of seared scallops, cooked to perfection in the robust confines of your cast iron pan, delivering a tantalising prelude to the holiday celebration.

For the main event, reimagine the traditional Christmas meal with a bushcraft twist—a festive pizza on the base of a golden Yorkshire pudding, with rich gravy as the sauce and roast beef, stuffing, and pigs in blankets as decadent toppings. This unique take on a classic guarantees a memorable and satisfying centrepiece for your outdoor Christmas gathering.

As a cheese board alternative, elevate your campfire dining experience with a baked Camembert. Place the wheel of Camembert in a cast iron pot atop the stove, allowing it to melt into gooey perfection. Pair it with crusty bread, crackers, or crudités for a rustic and indulgent treat.

No Christmas dinner is complete without a sweet treat. Embrace the warmth of the season with a chocolate fondue, melted to silky smoothness in a pot perched atop your trusty cast iron stove. Dip an assortment of marshmallows, fruits, or even chunks of Christmas cake into the luscious chocolate for a decadent dessert experience.

With a cast iron cooking set as your ally, your bushcraft Christmas dinner becomes a culinary adventure, fusing traditional holiday flavours with the rugged charm of the great outdoors.