Christmas can be a magical time, a chance for family and friends to come together. When everywhere you look you see light, sparkle and beauty, despite the darkness of December (at least it's dark if you live in the Northern Hemisphere like I do).
Christmas feels very special and is something to look forward to. Unless that is you're ill and your health is making life hard. All the things you can't do is suddenly thrown under the bright twinkly fairy lights and it can make you feel miserable. Simple things like decorating a Christmas tree can be a challenge, if not impossible.
For many years I couldn't stand up to decorate a tree, I couldn't even walk and sitting upright made me dizzy. It was miserable as the Christmas tree is one of my favourite things, that and the food and presents - they were seriously affected too by my illness; but that's a whole other story...
I used to lie in bed listening to my family decorate the tree. They put it on our landing, so that I could at least glimpse it sometimes. They wanted to include me, for me to be able to be a part of their festivities; but I was miserable and frustrated. I wanted to be the one hanging the baubles, getting scratched by pine needles and balancing on tip toe to put the fairy on the top.
As with everything, I escaped into my imagination, pretending that I was decorating the most amazing tree, choosing all the delicate glass ornaments that I would hang up, the colour scheme I would have and the Christmas songs I'd be singing. It wasn't the same as a real tree; but it was fun.
That's why I put together my own virtual Decorate your Christmas Tree Party in your Pad. Taking all the elements of decorating a tree and creating a fun experience which is perfect if you're too ill to have a tree of your own.
Or maybe you're having to do lots of resting this December and you fancy an alternative guided visualisation to walking on a beach? Then this will be great for you too. It will allow you to imagine a special tree decorating party where you get to decorate your virtual tree your way. No having to let others choose the decorations!
The guided Tree Decorating experience as usual comes as an mp3 to listen to and an e-magazine. I've packed it full of easy, low energy activities like how to make festive smelling cinnamon decorations, the story of the first Christmas trees and even some yummy recipes for Cheats Mince Pies and Easy Fruit Punch, perfect for snacking on during the festive period.
It’s the height of summer and you hear the thud as letters hit the doormat. You flick through them and a small, glossy, brightly coloured postcard jumps out at you.
It’s from a friend and she's telling you what a wonderful time she's having, and how she wishes you were there-- and you look at the card and impulsively decide, "I'll DO it!"
Then you look around and realise that going away isn’t a possibility, just going out is difficult and getting on a plane is impossible.
Your heart sinks as you wonder whether you'll ever be able to have a 'normal' life.
That’s the situation that faces so many who are house bound because of illness or disability, or who are stuck going in and out of hospital.
When you're in that situation, all you can do is hear about other people’s amazing adventures.
Up until now.
After being bed bound for six years with ME/CFS I came up with the idea of a Holiday From Home.
I found a way to enjoy the fun and relaxation of a holiday and now I’m sharing that with other people. My first creation of this sort was a full holiday experience without ever leaving my room, where I put pictures up, ate the traditional food and even paddled in a foot spa pretending it was the sea.
From there, I created magical experiences that others could share. Experiences where it doesn't matter where you are in the world or whether you can even leave your sofa or bed-- you'll be whisked away to a beautiful place that seems so real you'll actually believe you've been there.
Just because life has put limitations on you, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and with my help and a pinch of imagination you can have a great holiday from home.
That's why I'm excited that in August I'm organising my latest virtual vacation and I wanted to invite you to join me. We're going to be setting off on a luxury yacht to enjoy our Ocean Adventure - you'll be swimming with dolphins, sipping cocktails, eating ice cream on the beach and exploring a deserted island on our own treasure hunt.
It's going to be fun and fabulous and you can be there too. Click here to see all the details...
Webcams are an amazing way to see the world without ever going out or getting onto a plane. These are some of my favourites. Just click to be transported.
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If you read my post Coping with "Big" Birthdays when you're ill or disabled. Turning 18, 21, 30, 40, 50... Things to be proud of you'll know that on 30th March I will be turning 30! I tried ignoring it, pretending it wasn't happening and then decided I wanted to make the best of it, so I'm throwing a Virtual Party in your Pad.
In fact what could be better than a 1930's Vintage Party, for my 30th on the 30th?
I'd like to invite you to join me and the other virtual party guests for some 1930's fun - it's going to be fabulous!
We'll be sipping on cocktails, while relaxing to the sounds of a big band. It's going to be a night to remember!
To sign up and get the exclusive party audio and magazine, as well as finding out all the juicy details on how it works, go here... http://www.clairewade.com/party.html
I'm determined my 30th is going to be a day to remember and I'd love you to help me make it that!
Join in a long distance dinner party, for good food, good fun and good conversation. No matter where you are, no matter what time you eat or what diet you can eat, you can enjoy the dinner party.
I'll be providing an optional recipe which can be adapted to your own preferences. Or you can have whatever you would normally eat. The important part is connecting with others and making new friends.
Join the event on Facebook here... and feel free to invite others.
It's officially being held on Friday 8th March; but it's an open ended party - the beauty of a virtual experience!
Chinese Salmon with Stir-fryed Vegetables
Image courtesy of rakratchada torsap / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Or does it? Do we have to feel sad and lonely because we're house bound, bed bound, ill disabled or just single? This is my opinion....
P.S. Ignore the crazy eyes, it was the best thumbnail on offer!
I won the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition. My novel, The Box, is going to be published on 25th July 2019, by Orion