Newcastle Vision Support


Christmas thoughts from our Vice Chair

Posted by Newcastle Society for Blind People on December 1, 2014 at 3:20 AM

Here are some thought provoking observations From Lisa Charlton MBE , our Vice Chair.

Christmas is a truly special time of year when all of our senses go into overdrive with festive cheer and joyful anticipation.


For those of us with a little residual sight the sparkly Christmas lights still light up the dark December nights, but it is our other senses that really come to life. Think of the smells of Christmas, the wonderful smell of pine from the Christmas tree, winter spice candles giving the aroma of cloves and cinnamon and the sweet smell of seasonal satsumas.


The tastes of Christmas are even more special and nostalgic. Sweet mince pies, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine really start the taste buds going. The sounds of Christmas add to the excitement with carol singers, the laughter of gleeful children and the ringing of church bells.


Christmas Day is the optimal time for all of our senses. Feeling our Christmas presents and trying to guess what’s inside them then smelling the turkey cooking and parsnips roasting. Finally there is the gastronomic delight of tasting Christmas lunch and devouring Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.


I’m really looking forward to Christmas this year and hope that all NSBP members have a wonderful Christmas and truly sensory time throughout the festive season. See you all in the New Year.


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