Where was Lady Christmas tonight?
Having a well-earned break we suspect. But not to worry, the lovely Elf Lucy Trodd was there to welcome the brave people who ventured out on yet another damp and dark December day.
But it was well worth the effort!
Looking through the window of Chaos Cards you might have thought it was just that – Chaos!
But no, it was an evening of unexpected and very welcome winter therapy led by the brilliant Living Words who facilitate creative projects to help people with dementia.
The evening kicked off with a brief video explaining how the brain can be re-wired to a healthier state by letting go of worries and stress. And one way to do that is by dancing! The exercise is good for you and the interaction with others can make you happier and the brain can re-wire itself!
Next, everyone was asked to write on a postcard one thing they’d like to let go – could be a worry, a habit, a person, a way of thinking – anything. Then posted it into a little letter box for later.
Work done – time for the fun! Helpers handed out headphones, the disco lights shimmered and the dancers shimmied – it was silent disco time with a great mix of music to get everyone dancing.
And if you weren’t in a dancing mood, there were tables laden with all kinds of arts and crafts goodies to help you create a Christmassy collage.
When the music stopped, we heard some of the contents of the postcards, some light, some more serious.
Let’s hope this joyful evening has helped a little to sweep away any negative feelings and draw us together as Christmas approaches.
The collection tonight was for Living Words.
Huge thanks to Chaos Cards for being such wonderful hosts.
Find out about their Christmas giving tree project here:
Lighting by Craig West