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.
Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about people who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.
I'm an author, disability activist, winner of the Good Housekeeping First Novel Competition and The EABA for Fiction 2020 and co-founder of Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses (ADCI).
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