Well, it’s officially December, the month of Mariah Carey, tacky tinsel and your dad finding out what he got you for Christmas at the same time you do. Sadly, it’s also the month of horrific hive-inducing weather, dangerous roads and…Mariah Carey.
So what can those of us who are disabled do to get into the festive spirit in an accessible manner, whilst keeping ourselves safe, warm and healthy? There’s certainly one or two things.
1. Accepting help, and asking for it.
As soon as December hits, those magical markets and their fairy lights come out in full swing. We can enjoy piping hot local grub and international cuisine, and buy all those last-minute pressies. So often, though, these markets are ridiculously busy, badly lit, and on anything but flat, even ground. If you’re anything like me, you still won’t want to miss out, but you might well require an extra pair of hands (even if that’s just to help you with your shopping, teehee!) Give that friend a ring and invite them along, or pipe up and ask that stranger next to you to grab that amazing lantern that’s just too high for you to reach. After all, it’s the month of giving, right?
2. Grasp that winter honesty.
It’s taken me 27 years to realise this, but when it’s wet, cold, snowy and frankly dangerous to go outside, it is MORE than okay to postpone plans, curl up with your favourite book and hibernate a little. Around Christmas, more than ever, I feel a pressure to catch up with friends, drive hundreds of miles to pack in all the family visits I can, and go to all the events that won’t roll around for another 12 months. The fact of the matter is that the end of the year is also a time to relax, reflect on what the past 12 months have brought, and indulge in a little self-care, be that a face mask or a musical.
So, even the travel writer in me is admitting that travelling isn’t everything. Sometimes festive home comforts are really what’s needed. This Christmas, grab a hold of that winter honesty, keep yourself toasty and safe, and have a wonderful festive season.