Christmas Trees and Parkinson’s

At the beginning of December the aptly named “Good Vibrations” Choir, which I belong to, sang at the Christmas Tree Festival in Cuckfield church. Dozens of trees are decorated by local organisations and charities, and the public are invited to view them over a three day period.

Christmas tree festival at Cuckfield Church

Christmas Tree Festival at Cuckfield Church

Throughout the time choirs and musicians play and sing, an amazing organisation in itself! Half of the money made goes to a local charity, this year it is to the Mid Sussex branch of Parkinson’s UK which provides support and a wide range of activities from exercise classes to monthly meetings for sufferers and their carers in the area. I was delighted to learn that several thousand pounds has been raised; an amazing result.
Singing is particularly good for those with Parkinson’s as it helps keep the facial muscles working as well as possible, I would like to keep smiling!

Continuing on a Christmas tree theme English National ballet construct a tree in the foyer of the Coliseum made from used pointe shoes which have been signed by the ballerinas. When I arrived for my Parkinson ballet class recently there were some worn shoes there for us to sign, they would then join the others on display.

Pointe Shoe Christmas Tree at London Coliseum

Pointe Shoe Christmas Tree at London Coliseum

A little thing perhaps but it made us all feel that we really were part of the company! You can see how the tree was made by typing “English National Ballet’s Point Shoes Christmas Tree 2016” in You Tube .

We spent Christmas at the home of the dashing son and gorgeous daughter-in-law, another lovely tree there with lots of presents underneath too!

In January I have tickets for “Nutcracker” at the Royal Opera House and also for the Matthew Bourne new ballet of “Red Shoes”; please Southern Rail let there be trains!

The weather has turned much more wintry recently and it would appear to me that I seem to feel the cold more, is it that I am just getting older or is it something to do with the condition? I will appreciate the warmth of Australia in March!