Christmas crackers from the Ouch! archives: part one
Each December since 2003, the Ouch! website has featured a range of articles about the trials and tribulations of being disabled at Christmas time.
Every aspect of the Yule tide season has been covered, from parties to present buying, from the school Nativity play to the challenges of spending the day with extended family. And for the past six years there's been a seasonal Ouch! Talk Show.
In the first of two instalments, here's a selection box of Ouch! festive treats.
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Does your holiday buying spree involve braving the elements and the inquisitive public to brouze for items in-store, or do you tend to get the job done with a few mouse clicks from the comfort of your own home?
Liz Carr has tended to plump for the latter option, after a girly teenage Christmas shopping spree went very wrong indeed!
Laurence Clark is also an online Christmas shopper, a task made slightly more difficult by the presence of a small child. With "toy-shaped" boxes arriving regularly by post, instead of down the chimney on Christmas morning, things can start to get very complicated.
Whether purchasing gifts online or at the shops, Liz Main is constantly careful, always on the look out for signs that she might be embarking on a "hypomanic shopping splurge".
Another stressful Christmas outing is often the annual office party. The ever thoughtful Disability Bitch, who is mobility impaired, has assembled a disabled person's party survival guide, to get you through this difficult event.
And finally for this bout of Ouch! holiday cheer, there's Ouch's Christmas surgical stocking full of seasonal delights including podcasts, festive tales and an attempt to score a seasonal no. 1.
Check back on Tuesday to find out why as a child, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson was the result of Nativity envy.