12 Days of Christmas

Our Gift To You.
We think that everyone out there working in, supporting and engaging with health and social care, voluntary and third sector organisations are awesome.
It's been a tough year and the festive period is going to be different for many so this is our gift to everyone and anyone who would like a little joy in the festive season. For your health and wellbeing, joy and laughter and your entertainment - this is our gift to you.

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12 Days of Christmas

Day 1 – The Christmas Gift by Suzy Aspley

Suzy reads this beautiful Christmas story written especially for our 12 Days of Christmas.

She would like to shout out to The Scottish Book Trust and their Christmas Appeal. Find out more 

Suzy Aspley – twitter  @writer_suzy

Scottish Book Trust – twitter  @scottishbktrust  / Facebook ScottishbkTrust  / Instagram Scottishbooktrust 

Thanks Suzy!

Day 2 – Beginners Guide to Furoshiki by Jeni, Furoshiki Giftwrap

Jeni from Furshiki Giftwrap shares her gift of the Japanese sustainable and beautiful gift wrapping technique, furoshiki.

She would like to shout out to LOVE Gorgie Farm and their educational programmes for vulnerable people, animal and forest therapy, environmental programmes and Food Bank. Find out more.

Furoshiki Giftwrap – website Furoshiki Giftwrap  / Facebook @furoshikigiftwrap  / Twitter @FGiftwrap  /

LOVE Gorgie Farm – website LOVE Gorgie Farm / Facebook @LoveGorgieFarm / Twitter @LOVEGorgieFarm

Thanks Jeni!

Day 3 – Proud Mary Montage from Indepen-Dance

Indepen-Dance share this feel-good montage from their April 2020 live stream community dance to Tina Turner’s Proud Mary.

Turn up, join in – you know you want to!

Indepen-dance’s Karen would like to shout out to Wils McAslan, a freelance dance instructor who has worked tirelessly to bring dance to the community online, in car parks, care homes and streets.

Indepen-dance – Website  Indepen-dance.org.uk / Facebook independance.scotland  / Twitter  @IndepenDance_1

There are lots of great videos and online classes you can enjoy on Indepen-Dance’s YouTube channel too – Independance1996

Thanks to Wils and everyone who took part!

Day 4 – Wine Recommendations from the team at Majestic

What drinks make the festive period special for you? The team from Majestic on Queensferry Road share a range of suggestions and recommendations for whatever you may be tucking into.  This gift comes with ‘bloopers’!

They want to shout out to the Drinks Trust for the work they do supporting the wellbeing, careers and COVID related financial concerns of people working in the drinks industry. Find out more 

Majestic Queensferry Road – website majestic.co.uk / Instagram majesticqfy

The Drinks Trust – website drinkstrust.org / Instagram drinks-trust / Twitter @drinks-trust

Thanks to all of the team at Majestic Queensferry Road

Day 5 -Rugbytots Obstacle Course Challenge

Coach Carl, Rugby Tots’ Head of Coaching for Scotland, brings us a fun obstacle course that anyone – or everyone – in the family can do to blow away some festive cobwebs.  Also good if there’s a little competitive spirit in your house at Christmas time…

He would like to shout out to Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby.  Find out more 

Carl McWilliam, Managing Director/ Head of Coaching rugby Tots : online  Rugbytots Scotland / Twitter @rugbytotsltd

Wooden Spoon Charity: Facebook @WoodenSpoonCharity  / Twitter  Wooden Spoon Scotland

Thanks Carl!

Day 6 – The Snow Queen from Scottish Ballet

Scottish Ballet share this beautiful festive treat, ‘The Snow Queen – Kai Gerda duet. If you love this gift then don’t miss their first ever feature-length film: The Secret Theatre.*

They would like to shout out to Revive MS Support, a wonderful local Glasgow charity supporting people to live well with the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Find out more.  

Scottish Ballet:  website scottishballet.co.uk / Facebook   @scottishballethq / Twitter @scottishballet

Revive MS Support:  website https://www.revivemssupport.org.uk/ / Twitter: @revivems  Handle: #reviveMS

 *The Secret Theatre – this festive treat for all the family will bring the magic of theatre into your home this Christmas, and is available online 21-24 December. You can book your ticket here – tickets are free but donations are encouraged.

Thanks to the team at Scottish Ballet!

Day 7 – Pete the Pencil

Corrina Campbell, artist, children’s author and illustrator, shares her gift proving that anyone and everyone can have fun with drawing. Grab your pencil…

Corrina would like to shout out to #TeamHamish in Nairn for helping to make Nairn a more beautiful place. Find out more.

Corrina Campbell website www.corrinacampbell.com / Twitter @corrinacampbell / Instagram @corrinacampbe11

Team Hamish website http://teamhamish.org  / Twitter  @teamhamishnairn   / Instagram @teamhamishnairn

Thanks Corrina ! (and Pete!)

Day 8 – The ABC of Centering

Tracy Ligema brings us the ABC of centering to help us shift our state to alertness or indeed to calm ourselves if we are feeling tense or anxious. These can be done anywhere and is a helpful practice to have on hand over the busy festive period.

She would like to give a shout out to Advocacy Highland helping people to speak up, share their views, be listened to and respected. Find out more.

Tracy Ligema: Twitter  @arabellagreens

Advocacy Highland: website www.advocacy-highland.org.uk / Facebook @Advocacy.Highland / Instagram: @advocacyhighland / Twitter: @AdvocacyHi

Thanks Tracey!

Day 9 – How to make memorable pictures on your phone

Professional Photographer and author of Photography book ‘Gingers‘ ,  Kieran Dodds shares 4 tips to getting a great Christmas photo at a time when we can’t be with all of those we want to be with this year.

He wants to shout out Hope for Glasgow who work with those with addiction in supporting them and their families . Find out more.

Kieran Dodds: website www.kierandodds.com /  photography book ‘Gingers’  book.kierandodds.com

Hope for Glasgow: website hopeforglasgow.org / Facebook @hopeforglasgow  / Twitter @hopeforglasgow

Thanks Kieran!

Day 10 – RSNO special recording: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

The RSNO have gifted us a beautiful arrangement of this well-known  Christmas carol offering us all a chance to stop and enjoy this stunning performance. The perfect start to Christmas week, the arrangement is by R Harvey, and is you would like tto see the lyrics click here 

They would like to shout out to Tayside Health Arts Trust for all the fantastic work they have done in the local community. Find out more.

The RSNO website RSNO.org.uk   / YouTube The RSNO  / Twitter @RSNO /  Facebook @royalscottishnationalorchestra

Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust website www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk/OurServicesA-Z/TaysideHealthcareArtsTrust/index.htm / Facebook @that-tayside-healthcare-arts-trust

Thanks to Christopher and all at the RSNO!

Day 11 – Breathing into Christmas

Ian brings us the gift of how to keep our calm in this busy time and walks us through a short, easy breathing technique.

He wants to shout out to Bethany who are working to end homeless in Scotland. Find out more

Ian Dunnett email ian

Bethany Christian Trust www.bethanychristiantrust.com / Facebook  @BethanyChristianTrust1 / Twitter @bethanychtrust / Instagram @bethanychristiantrust

Thanks Ian!

Day 12 – Santa Claus is coming to Town

We end our 12 days of Christmas Campaign in fabulous festive style with a specially recorded Christmas song from members of THE NHS GGC Choir.

‘Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s a is key worker’, this video is to give some Christmas cheer to  every other key worker who has to work over the Festive Period, particularly everyone in Health and Social Care sectors who have had such a challenging year. Take it away!

Thanks to the members of the GG&C NHS Choir and especially to Martin and Anne for helping make this happen!