Maybe the kids are scattered this year, and you’re not inclined to go all-out decking the halls and concocting a multicourse feast. Or maybe you’d just like to escape the bustle and the traffic and focus on the sweet pleasures of the season, without having to make all the magic happen yourself. You could stay home and watch a continuous loop of “It’s a Wonderful Life” with a giant bowl of red-and-green M&Ms, but there’s another option: a visit to one of New England’s fabulously festive country inns and hotels. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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