Christmas is a time when I really appreciate having a personal
A personal budget means I can organise how I want to celebrate
the festive season whereas when I used to live in residential care
my Christmas was the way the home wanted it to be, not the way I
wanted. All I got was Christmas the way the home wanted.
Being 'in control' at Christmas means that every year I have a
big shopping trip with Sylvia my personal assistant. This year we
went to Leeds and visited the Christmas market. I bought some
candles to give as presents. We had lunch at a German sausage
stall. We then went shopping in the arcades.
The next big part of Christmas is when we put up the
decorations. It's become a tradition that I put up the tree with
Sylvia. The decorations are from all over Europe and I always bring
a new decoration home from work trips in winter.
The week before Christmas Sylvia helps me bake. We make mince
pies and ginger bread men.
The weeks before Christmas are busy and Sylvia is here more than
normal helping me get everything ready. Celebrating Christmas my
own way is very important to me. For a lot of my life I have had an
institutional Christmas but having a personal budget means that I
can use my Personal Assistant time to make my home festive and
This is why I am celebrating being 'in control' this and every
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