Merry Christmas

One of my highly sought-after limited edition personalised Christmas e-cards! 🙂

To all my family, friends, fellow PALS (people with ALS), and those kind enough to drop by, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and health and happiness in the coming year.

As I write this the ground outside the house is covered in a blanket of crisp snow and the sun is shining down from a clear blue sky, thus adding to the seasonal atmosphere. Children are throwing snowballs, the adults are busy clearing driveways, whilst I can only look on with envy. It’s such a nice day out there at the moment; I really wish I could go out for a walk with my camera and capture some shots of the nearby farm fields. Well I suppose we could always take the wheels of my wheelchair and replace them with skids then hook it up to a team of large dogs and hey presto I’ve got my own sleigh! smile_regular

Soon daylight will fade and some of the houses around here will start to resemble carnival attractions or Blackpool illuminations. With my central heating running continuously and keeping me at a cosy 20° C I’m losing track of what the weather is really like out there although apparently it’s COLD. Actually having snow in December down here in the South is rather unusual these days (compared to my childhood). Normally Christmas is mild and dry… and nothing like Christmas should be, so it’s nice to see the white stuff just as long as you don’t have to go out driving in it. Personally I blame our upside down seasons on the greenfly affect! smile_regular

I would like to say a big thank you to Ann and Francesca who have done so much to help me prepare for Christmas. They have both literally been my hands these past couple of weeks. So to all my friends who have received a card from me and can’t work out the handwriting – you have Ann to thank for it. And to those of you who have received gifts this year a special thank you goes to Francesca who spent a lot of time yesterday wrapping them up despite feeling really ill herself.

I would also like to thank those of you who have sent me some really nice Christmas cards this year. They are very much appreciated and it is nice to know I’ve not been forgotten even by those I have not seen for a while. Thank you all. And apologies to anyone who I have forgotten to send a card to this year or whose address I don’t have.

And so before I sign off will you join me in a traditional Christmas song that was written by Irving Berlin Way back in 1942 and updated for the 21st century by me last year! Okay, to the tune of White Christmas.

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I’m dreaming of some new neurones

Just like the ones I used to know

May your days be merry and bright.

And may all your neurones work right!

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Now go and enjoy yourselves… Eat, drink and be merry. Enjoy the festive season and cherish the moment because none of us know how long we have!

Mark

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