She wanted to make sure that her son's visual impairment was no reason to miss out on the magic of Christmas and her efforts rightly paid off.
Christmas is a time for families to come together and enjoy the festive season. Right from putting up decorations to admiring lights, all members are called to be a part of a joyful celebration. Unfortunately, many people with disabilities or those who are differently abled miss out on many opportunities and moments of enjoyment. One of the most upsetting things is not being able to see the lights and decorations that are a major part of the season. However, Hilda Dunford decided to not let her son Ashton’s blindness be a reason for him having to skip the Christmas fun.
The mom shared a video where she came up with a brilliant solution to help her son be a part of putting up and experiencing at least some of the Christmas decorations. “Our son is blind so we decided to add braille to our Christmas ornaments,” the mom said. She further mentioned that her son had a Christmas tree with wooden animals as ornaments and that she would add the names of the ornaments in braille so that her son could feel and understand more about what was on his Christmas tree. The mom is seen typing in the names of the animals in braille and making little labels to stick on the ornaments.
“He got emotional and was so excited to read out loud what each animal ornament was,” the mom said. As Ashton came towards the tree and felt the names on the ornaments, he was overjoyed and filled with mixed emotions. The boy even wipes tears off his face as he fiddles with the ornaments excited as ever to know how the Christmas magic works. The gesture moved his mom as well and she too “was in tears.” “There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to help him ‘see’ all of his ornaments,” the mom wrote. Hilda further shared in her caption that it was hard for her to find special ornaments with braille so she decided to make her own.
“I wish there were more places where I could find ornaments with Braille on them but this way I can add Braille to any of the ones he already loves,” she said. It is no piece of cake having to sit and spend time to nail the braille writing skill, create labels and put them on each of the ornaments. However, for Hilda, it’s worth everything as long as it’s for her beloved son. His reaction was worth a million and the mom is convinced that she will continue this practice so her son can get the best Christmas experience year after year.
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“Now I’m working on adding Braille to more ornaments on our other trees. It’s a lot of work and I’m pretty slow when I Braille but I love doing it for Ashton,” she added. “There’s nothing that would stop me from making Christmas more special for him,” the caption concluded. People were overwhelmed with the heart-melting festive vibes the mom was able to impart to Ashton. @loryowens1313 said, “So sweet. What seems like little things are huge.” @jessicas.choc.o.yum. shared her experience and said, “I make Braille chocodant (chocolate that looks like fondant) cookies!”
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