I’ve been hanging silver baubles on the tree, dusting mince pies with icing sugar, soaking dried fruits in marsala … and cursing when the sticky tape sticks to itself instead of the wrapping paper I’m using for my Christmas presents.
Yes – it’s that time of year again.
And I love it.
Love looking at the Nativity pictures on my grandchildren’s school website.
Love listening to choirs singing Once in Royal David’s City (The Pogue’s in New York, not so much).
But I’m also thinking about those who find Christmas so much more of a struggle.
Who, this year, are in too much pain to bake or decorate or fill stockings.
The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society says, for example, that there are 690,000 people in the UK coping with RA this Christmas.
And in order to raise awareness of the need for improved management of the disease they are calling for more recruits to their Remission Mission.
They say: “It’s really easy to join – simply take a photograph of yourself, upload it to the photo wall using the upload button and tell us what remission means to you by following the instructions.
The photo wall is open to everyone with RA, family members and friends, regardless of age.”
Sounds like a lovely idea. Happy snapping – Happy Christmas.