Every once in a while I like to throw in a comment about what is great about having a child with autism. Marissa is a giver and not the best receiver of gifts. Christmas day at our house this year took almost 4 hours for her to open her gifts. (She only had 10). But its the enjoyment out of it, in everything there is a routine. "Read the bow (tag under the bow) whose it from", "all thank you mommy and daddy" (before she opens it), "thank you, I love it" (after she opens it). This year I switched from pattern paper to plain paper to see if that made a difference in how she opens a present. It seemed to help some as she was not ripping a pattern but I realized it was the thoughts and her thankfulness that she wanted everyone to know about. Also, she hates a mess. So after each present was opened the wrapping paper would have to be immediately put in the trash bag. No lingering paper on the floor here.
I hope that each of you had a wonderful Christmas holiday. This year I just took time to enjoy the day. Whether you have a child with special needs or not Christmas time can always be a challenge. I wish each of you the best in 2012. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and allowing me to share this journey with you. Each of your comments help me realize that I am not doing this alone and that I do have people who care about Marissa, Steve and I. All I can say is that you are appreciated more then you know. Happy New Year!