Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, no one stirred as I paced quietly as a mouse.
Sciatic pain had broken my slumber.
No jingle bells jingled or sounds of joy came forth.
Low back pain had silenced my Christmas hearth.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
Everyone slept with visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads;
Whilst I in my jammies trying to pace, stretch, and roll-out my pain, knowing without sleep I’d be off my pre-AM game.
When on my umpteenth passing of the tree, a twinkling glimmer meant just for me!
As I gingerly bent to see the matter, when what to my wondering eyes did I see?
Why a Christmas Pickle, stuffed deep in the tree!
I knew in a moment it must have been St. Nick.
As I stood mesmerized, a hand slipped into mine.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard a small giggle from behind.
My family gathered around.
My youngest looked up. His eyes, how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
“All I want for Christmas is your back to be happy,” he said.
My husband came forth. He spoke not a word but went straight to work.
And with a reach and a tug, he pulled the pickle from the tree,
And laying a gentle kiss on the tip of my nose,
My family gathered around me.
“You work and care tirelessly throughout the year, but who does the same for you?”
With that, I suddenly understood why the Christmas pickle was so special.
It is a gift for those like me,
Who also wants to be free of low back pain’s control.
For you see the Christmas pickle’s gift is a healthier, happier me!
As I finally snuggled down for a long restful winter’s nap, I swear I heard a faint jingle and the wish…
“A Healthy Back Christmas to all to start the year off right!”
– By Andrea Felesina
To get the most from your Christmas Pickle, watch my free Mini-Masterclass to see some of the many ways your Christmas pickle is close at hand to getting back pain relief!
Andrea Felesina, Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner
Director, The Healthy Back Program
PS – Haven’t heard of the Christmas pickle??? It’s the tradition of an extra gift to the lucky person that finds the ornament hidden in the Christmas tree!