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"I've always loved Christmas lights and last year I got to help switch on the Christmas tree lights in my local area."

Samuel Maybury
- on the joy of Christmas lights

To begin our Christmas stories, we caught up with Samuel and Nicola Maybury. Samuel is a young autistic man, currently in his final year at secondary school. In recent years, Samuel’s been getting crafty and creating his own Christmas lights, which you can admire below. His mother, Nicola, is an artist, who also sells handmade gifts, and a Christian colouring book.

We chatted to Samuel and Nicola about autism, how they’ll be celebrating Christmas this year, and the bright ideas behind Samuel’s Christmas lights.

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"I've always loved Christmas lights and last year I got to help switch on the Christmas tree lights in my local area, which was really exciting."
Samuel Maybury

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"Despite the restrictions, autistic people can still relax by listening to music and watching films. They can still feel festive, without needing to do too much."
Samuel Maybury
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Nicola: I would love it if the public would slow down to make things easier for autistic people. So often everyone is rushing about, but autistic people can't always think or react quickly because they need time to process information or what's going on around them. I would love people to just take time and be more patient.

"I would love it if the public would slow down to make things easier for autistic people."
Nicola Maybury