Spectrummy Mummy

Asperger's, Allergies, and Adventures Abroad

Happy Holidays!

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I meant to write a post on Christmas Day, to wish you all happy holidays from our family to yours, but the only photo I have of us all together is this one, and I realized that it looks like we are in a very comfortable and festive jail.  Not really in the spirit of the season, but a fair representation of living here.  So in the style of not-so-great photo-journalism, here is our Christmas in pictures.

So, as you can see, Santa came.  Or Father Christmas as we call him in England and South Africa.  He enjoyed his whiskey and cookies, and I’d like to say Rudolph enjoyed the carrot, but that was actually Pudding who gnawed on it.  I had to stop her before she ate the whole thing, and shook my head at the strangeness of a child who chooses carrots over cookies, and a mother who stops her.

Pudding awoke at the usual 5am, but we made her wait an unbearable (for all of us) hour until her brother woke up to go downstairs.  Eventually her demands of “I want presents” became loud enough to rouse him.

One of the great things about raising third culture kids is that they are exposed to many different religions and cultures, and we embrace this fully, while honouring our own traditions.  One of the weird things is that you end up with photos of your kids opening Christmas presents while sitting cross-legged on a Muslim prayer rug.

And another great thing is that Christmas is an opportunity to support the local economy.  Pudding had her own very specific requirements that didn’t lend themselves well to sourcing locally-produced items.  We did, however, find this hand-crafted chair for her doll at a local market.  It broke moments after this photo was taken.  Kind of glad the rest of our stuff came from Melissa and Doug or Lego Duplo.

It isn’t difficult to find gifts bigger than the boy himself.  The way he has been eating this holiday season though, we’re expecting a growth spurt any day now.

I told you she was Santa’s little helper!  Once her own unwrapping was done with, Pudding assisted us too.

Love is not indulging your husband by surprising him with Chuck Taylor Converse All Stars with his special interest- Batman.  Love is being seen out in public with him wearing them.

And for most of the rest of the day, it was about play.  Here we are tricking Cubby into developing his fine motor skills.  Probably doesn’t hurt that he is learning about counting, shapes and numbers too- with us as parents he needs all the mathematical help he can get.

Pudding played by dressing up in the same outfit as newly-shorn Kelly doll and telling her a story.  Maybe I joined in likewise- you can’t tell because I’m on the other side of the camera, thanks to Santa bringing me a new lens to replace the one I broke back in the US.

And the rest of the day I pretty much spent making this: my most perfect turkey yet.  The kids ate about two mouthfuls, of course.

That was about it for our Christmas.  It was quiet, cosy and drama-free, and I know what a lucky autism mama I am to be able to say that.  Of course, I did take down the tree the next day- a return to our version of normality is a present to us all.

From my family to yours, I sincerely hope you had a wonderful time.  And if not, I’m sincerely glad they are over for another year.  Extra-special holiday love to you all.

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  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well!! Looking forward to a wonderful 2012 – God willing – for all of us!!

    Joeysmommy

    December 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm

  2. Beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and your family… thank you for sharing 🙂

    Anonymous

    December 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

  3. We did not have a tree this year, and it was much better for our Aspie. I am surprised though that the rest of us were very affected by not having decorations, and are all a bit depressed despite the reduced level of holiday household sturm and drang. It is so hard to find the balance. Everyone’s needs get met more or less, depending on who is getting accommodated at a given time. This year I think we went too far to make things more bearable for our Aspie, so next year we are definitely having a tree. Yours looks beautiful!

    aspergersandwich

    December 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm

  4. […] Happy Holidays! (spectrummymummy.com) […]

  5. thanks for sharing your lovely christmas! that was adorable, Merry Christmas!

    selina

    December 28, 2011 at 4:30 am

  6. […] can only mean one thing: Pudding’s birthday, and Christmas (yeah, I’m no good at counting).  Oh, and she ended the year by displaying her talents for […]


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