Holiday Wrap-Up

Liz Ditz

The editorial team here all thought we would all take a break until January 3rd, 2011 but I changed my mind.

This year, I actually wrote down all the recipes I used so I’d remember them next year, and I thought we could use this time to note down what worked and what didn’t, as far as the holidays, travel, and autism are concerned.

Shannon shared her tips and those gleaned from others in Autism and Holidays: Success Through Meticulous Planning
(inclused my new favorite seasonal carol, Let Me Stim, Let Me Stim, Let Me Stim.

Here are a few more autism & Christmas posts from around the blogosphere:

Caren Zucker at the Daily Beast wrote Christmas With My Autistic Son, (also at TheMcGlynn) in which there was a failure of communication, which resolved into increased family closeness. Check out Mickey’s Christmas list!

Lisa Jo Rudy at asked her regular readers to share their thoughts about autism and the holidays. The conversation there is about gifts (regularity of) and family (sometimes misunderstanding or painfully, not accepting the family member with autism).

At Autisable, Leisa Hammet reflects on Christmas with Autism, now that her child with autism is well into her teens, and how she has adapted to her child’s language skills.

At Autism Learning Felt, Tammy’s family had a great Christmas, with just the right gifts and support from the family.

At Autism Blogger, Sher2020 was second-guessing some of her Christmas decisions for her son, in particular the types of gifts appropriate for a mid-teens boy with autism.

At Adventures in Extreme Parenting, Sunday reflects on how many families adapt their Christmas traditions to suit family members with autism, in Autism: Different but Not Less.

For many, Christmas includes travel. The editorial team here are champion travelers, including the big expedition undertaken this summer by the Myers family in Have Autism, Will Travel.

Earlier this year, Lou Tecpanecatl reflected on a previous year’s holiday travel, in Autism Isn’t Invisible Anymore

Shannon Rosa’s Autism, Travel and Outings was published in the summer, but is always appropriate.

Kristina Chew’s family stayed home, but experimented with visiting the airport

There’s a smattering.

What worked in your holiday plans this year? How will you simplify or make things different next year?