I always feel like I’m in such a whirlwind for the holidays once Halloween passes. There are two meals to prep for and with autism and sensory issues that’s a chore but I consider it a labor of love. Dad won’t eat turkey, buddy boy won’t eat anything wet or mushy but since he’s a teen now he makes up for his lack of variety with sheer volume. Bitty girl has type 1 now. She will eat anything but now I need to keep track of recipes and everyone knows i like to ad-lib while I create. Thanksgiving will have turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, gravy, pumpkin pies, my world famous chocolate chip cookies, rolls and my personal favorite -candied yams. Did I cover everything or was there anything you would like me to add? I’m so scatter brained. Are you going to be bringing anyone special? Is there anything they would want to help them feel included if there is a special someone? We just want you to be happy so they better be good to you. Oh! If you can stay the whole weekend we are going to spend black Friday hiding from the shopping zombie mobs and will start decorating the tree and eating left overs. You have such an eye for detail and daddy doesn’t participate so I could use the help. He’s not a scrooge he just doesn’t go for the big holidays but if we can find some good Christmas movies I can guarantee some daddy couch time bonding.
It’s chillier now and I’m looking forward to using the fireplace and having some cocoa. I think there is nothing better than to pack everyone in on the couch with hot drinks and watch movies. That’s what we did for Buddy’s birthday. As tight as we were packed in, it was sad too because you weren’t there with us. We’ll have to make it a more regular event so you can get some “couch snuggle time.” Maybe we can get some canasta in, and no, it’s NOT an old lady game -even though I did learn it from your gram and papa.
The night before Yule we will all open one gift, SURPRISE its pjs… yeah ok so that’s not a surprise its tradition. Your grandma is a stickler for nice pictures opening gifts and it stuck. For Yule for dinner, I haven’t got a clue. Help me out here. All I have plans for is opening gifts, breakfast and coffee and just hanging out watching movies and stay in our jammies all day with a fire. Honestly I’d order a pizza if they were open and we would just be lazy ALL day. What would be a nice low key dinner that sounds festive? Am I asking for too much? I’ll have to think on that and you do the same.
I miss you and I hope this letter finds you well. I would love to hear from you more! I love you and I am proud of you. Keep your chin up love, its tough out there. What do I always say “you’re a purple alien” you are not purple and we both know it but you can ignore that because it’s so off base and not true. Even when stupid people say stupid hurtful things you have to remember that no matter what you are not purple and don’t listen to stupid people. You are a wonderful, thoughtful kind loving soul and are so much better than those who would try to bring you down. You are loved and worth loving. If anyone says otherwise, send them my way –Ill set them straight (hahaha pun not intended… like a bi woman could set anyone straight!) With all my love and best wishes for your days until I can see you again. The kids and daddy miss you too.