Mum-of-three explained the lights and decorations were too much for the tots
PADDY McGuiness’ wife Christine has revealed they won’t be putting up a Christmas tree this year because it’s too unsettling for their autistic twins.
She told her followers on Instagram about her decision and admitted last year was hard for Penelope and Leo who struggled to cope with the lights and decorations.
Christine explained: “I think this is enough for our Christmas decorations, I’m nervous about putting a tree up, I don’t think I’m going too.
“Last year was the most upsetting Christmas we’ve had, we had just been told our twins had autism and we felt very out of our depth.
“Christmas massively affects the twins behaviour.
“They were extremely anxious and unsettled. The Christmas lights, trees, decorations and music…it was all too much.
“It was very over stimulating and with so much change everywhere it was quite frightening for our children who were pretty much non-verbal, they had no understanding of what was going on.”
Speaking about Christmas Day, Christine continued: “They both just walked passed their presents on Christmas Day. I was devastated that they didn’t get up and run down the stairs really excited ‘like other kids’.
“I knew nothing about autism then. Now I’m fuelled with knowledge on their condition and I’m really looking forward to preparing them in advance to help them understand the magic of Christmas!
“I’m feeling confident we will have a happy Christmas this year.. With a lot less decorations!”
Previously Paddy compared parenting autistic twins to feeling “like you’re drowning” – while Christine read out a moving poem about their four-year-old twins, on Loose Women.
Earlier this year the couple, who also fear their one-year-old child Felicity may have autism, thanked their supporters who they said lightened their load of responsibility as parents.