We deserve a happy and merry Christmas more this year than ever before! Some festive events and activities will be restricted but there’s still plenty of goodwill, cheer and fun to be had in and around Worthing. Here’s how we’ll be getting into the spirit of the Christmas season this year….

Send Christmas wishes to those near and far

It’s been a year of ensuring we communicate regularly with those we love especially when we’ve not been able to meet up with them. Hopefully we’ll be seeing some family and friends for Christmas celebrations this year. For those you can’t meet up with, send a card! Sight Support Worthing has a beautiful Christmas card designed by Barrie Smith (see his fabulous design below). It’ll be sent to all our members along with a little treat.

Receive a letter from Father Christmas

If you’ve a child in your family, now is the time to ask the big man himself to send a letter. There are lots of ways to write to Santa and get a letter back. If you’re in need of a Braille, large print or audio version for a visually impaired child, take a look at the RNIB’s website. There’s no charge for their service but you can donate to their Christmas appeal. You’ll need to get your (ice) skates on for a proper letter as the closing date is the 1st December. You can ask for an email version after that date. Even Father Christmas has joined the digital age!

Catch some festive entertainment

Assuming we’re all allowed out come December 3rd, take a look at Worthing Theatres’ festive programme. There really is something for all the family! The fabulous Katherine Jenkins will be kicking off proceedings with a Christmas Spectacular beamed from the impressive surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall. Later that week you can watch the Christmas ballet classic The Nutcracker from the Royal Opera House. Who doesn’t love The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy? 

From the 19th – 24th December catch The Night Before Christmas, a magical live show guaranteed to keep little ones enthralled, especially when a visit from Father Christmas is included!

Start shopping!

If you’ve not already got all the presents bought and wrapped, perhaps we can tempt you with a few of these ideas. Aimed at the visually impaired, they’re affordable and useful. They also make a nice change from socks or smellies!

Large print puzzle and Sudoku books are perfect for winter afternoon entertainment. We can help you order them from the RNIB catalogue (along with anything else they offer). More fun can be had with a Braille version of the popular card game Uno which you can buy from Amazon.

What about a gift that keeps on giving? Subscription-based presents are popular and there’s something for everyone. If you’ve a keen audiobook listener to keep happy, how about helping someone to access the RNIB’s free audiobook service? If they already use it you could treat them to a new audiobook version of their favourite novel. Maybe your recipient is more of a telly-fiend but has difficulty reading TV guides in standard print? Sign them up for a subscription to the Big Print TV & Radio Guide so they’ll never miss their favourite show.

Flowers make a great gift too, immediately brightening someone’s day and home with their colour and scents. There are lots of ‘flowers by post’ services available, meaning your recipient doesn’t have to be at home when they’re delivered. Bloom & Wild is one company that provides flowers sent at your desired frequency so you can select the budget that’s right for you. Talking of beautiful scents, a perfume subscription is another option: check out Perfumado for a range of options.

If you’re buying for children, a book is always a welcome gift. Dorling Kindersley offer some fantastic learning books with Braille for younger children including Counting, Shapes, Farm and more. For older children there’s It Can’t Be True, a compendium of unbelievable but correct facts about all sorts of things.

Sight Support's Christmas Card design by Barrie Smith
Barrie Smith’s Christmas Card design for Sight Support Worthing

Join us for a Christmas drink

We hope we can have one or two low-key get-togethers for a socially distanced Christmas drink whether that be for a glass of wine or a cup of tea, and a mandatory mince pie of course! We’ll keep you posted with our plans. 

Get out for a festive stroll

Worthing Town Centre has some fabulous lights this year. They’re already up so you can soak up the Christmas atmosphere straight away! Take a wander down Montague Street after dark and you’ll be dazzled by a colourful, uplifting display of Christmas lights. In December the town’s Toy Soldiers will also be on duty (we’ll post more about this soon). You can challenge yourself to seek them all out! Fresh air and free entertainment on your doorstep; it doesn’t get better than that!

However our Christmasses look this year we’ll be celebrating the good stuff and looking forward to a bright, happy and healthy 2021!