Looking forward to Christmas

I love Christmas but especially the run up through December. My daughters will let me mention the ‘C’ word, after all, it is the 2nd December. The excitement for me has never been the day itself or the days that follow, but the days looking forward to Christmas have always been the magical ones for me.

I remember when the girls were little I used to spend hours when they’d gone to bed making things or painting old toys I’d found to look new. I also used to make a  ‘Christmas Menu’ which detailed the day ahead. I also remember the first thing on the menu being the time to wake up which now on hindsight was a tad unrealistic but it did way lay their exuberance from starting at silly o’clock in the morning!

I still enjoy making things but it will be interesting to see if my coordination or slowness of thought prevents me in any way this year. Yesterday I walked along the lanes looking for spruce and red wood twigs to cut for an ‘alternative’ hanging basket I want to attempt to make. That was the task for this afternoon and below is the end result. Doesn’t quite match what I had in mind but not bad for a first attempt….
You don’t have to have money to enjoy Christmas – the magic can happen with very little…..

Already to go outside at the weekend🎅
Already to go outside at the weekend🎅

 

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About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

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