This week we have our first guest post, from a dad who is getting used to having a son who is tube-fed. Here he tells us about the impact that has had on Christmas and the positive changes that they have made as a result.
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Christmas! What an amazing time of year!
There are so many things that make us think "Christmas is here!", things such as mince pies, candles, mulled wine, Starbucks Christmas Coffees, pigs in blankets, Christmas trees, roast turkey, stockings, selection boxes, carols, Christmas pudding, nativity plays, chocolate advent calendars, Terry's chocolate orange. There's not much left once you've omitted all the edible elements is there?
As a man who loves to eat and who has a tube-fed son I have had to readdress a lot of the traditions that I've grown up with. The big festivals are synonymous with food and drink so it can be hard to overcome the feeling that a non-oral Christmas is second rate. But we have learnt that there are a lot of festive activities that don't involve food. Here's some of the things that we've started as traditions in our family:
A Christmas movie.......Find a movie that gets everyone in the spirit. Get your biggest blanket, everyone on the sofa and cosy up! We don't watch it any other time other than at Christmas - we used to watch the lovely Arthur Christmas but, as of this year, we're switching to the brilliant The Star.