By Guest Blogger Chloe Rothschild
Chloe is 19-years old and is on the autism spectrum. Chloe’s blog “Oh, The Places You’ll Go: Finding My Way With Autism!” utilizes her writing talent to teach others about autism.
I love the winter season, because I love the joy that it brings, with all of the winter holidays right around the corner. But while I truly enjoy the holiday season, it can be stressful for me as well. Especially because of the fact, that I have PDD-NOS which is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Even though I enjoy the holidays, I find it to be difficult at times as well.
Unlike the majority of society, I do not celebrate Christmas. I celebrate Hanukkah. Hanukkah last for eight nights and usually falls before Christmas. Sometimes, I wish that I would celebrate Christmas, just because I hear many people around me talk about Christmas, Christmas trees and stockings etc. I have never had any of those things, because the traditions and customs for Hanukkah are different than the traditions and customs for Christmas.
Parts of the Season I enjoy:
I enjoy opening presents, and buying and giving presents to others. I enjoy giving presents to others, just as much as I do receiving presents. I have a great time picking out gifts for my family and friends. This year, in addition to picking out gifts for my family and close friends, I decided to make holiday cards for my friends. I had so much fun doing this, I let my creativity run wild, and the cards looked great. I hope that my friends have as much fun receiving the cards as I did making them. This year, my mom and I made snowman cut out cookies. We had not made cut out cookies in years. I had so much fun with this activity. Most of all, I loved spending the time with my mom doing something that we both found to be fun. I enjoyed cutting out the cookies. Then I really enjoyed and had a great amount of fun decorating the cookies.
Parts of the Holiday Season That Are Harder For Me:
One of the hardest things for me this time of year is waiting to open my presents. This is mostly because I do not like surprises. I want to know what I am getting. But even if I give my parents a list, and they buy me what is on my list, along with some surprises, I tend to still sometimes get overwhelmed and upset. Also, the anticipation of waiting to open gifts is very hard for me, even if I know what I am getting.
I hope everyone has a very happy holiday season!