What I see at Christmas.

What is Christmas like for a visually impaired person?  For me this is one of my favorite times of the year. Christmas trees are one of my favorite things about this time of year, but I have to invade their space to truly see them.  Whereas most people can glance at a tree as they are walking past and appreciate its beauty I have to go and stand inches away from it and investigate the decorations. I am always amazed by their beauty.  I wonder how designers come up with all those intricate ideas. I love traditional and modern trees. Personally I want a peacock tree, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I think they are beautiful and I love turquoise and purple.  I always stick with traditional though, but one of these days I am going to go out on a limb.

I love to decorate my home for Christmas.  I don’t get very elaborate and I use very traditional colors, but I think it looks nice.  I did my mantle and hearth by myself this year. I like the way it turned out. Mom would hang a few ornaments and then ask me how it looked.  Mom never has clearly grasped the fact I cannot see. We have many a good laugh over her misconceptions about my vision. I try to add something new every year and grow my collection.  No one else in my family gets as excited about decorating as I do. I got my mom to help me with my tree. All I can tell is that it is white with red decorations on it. Everyone says it is beautiful though.  I am just thankful my three cats are staying out of it.

Another one of my favorite things about this time of year is the music.  I love the carols. I however do not understand why they have to be so hard to sing.  They start off low and end up high. Who has a voice for that? I participated in our church’s Christmas worship musical this year.  It was a lot of fun. Luckily we have an awesome music secretary who types the words in large print for me so I don’t have to hold the book inches from my face.  I am also lucky because I cannot see who is in the audience so I don’t get nervous.

I baked cookies yesterday.  This is something that truly makes me happy.  I finally solved the issue of not being able to read the recipe.  I figured out if I take a picture with my phone I can enlarge it to where I can see.  Now if I can just figure out a way to keep my dog Cindy Lou from stealing my cookies. She is a major cookie thief if you look away for a second and then she tries to give you that sweet innocent look after she does it.  Yeah, I’m not buying it little girl!

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