It looks like Bob and his dog Max are just about ready now for the seasons festivities.
Here we are nearly there. The gifts have been bought and wrapped: The fridge and cupboards are stocked full of food; all that is left to do, once I have managed to actually clean the house, is to put the decorations up. That is tomorrows job. The kids will have finished school for the holidays, and we can spend the rest of the day getting the house ready.
Perhaps then I might feel a bit more in the festive spirit than I currently do. Even being surrounded by Christmas trees, decorations and wreaths, for the last week or so, I still haven’t quite found the joys of the season. I’m sure it will all change in the next day or two, as family arrive, and the excitement builds for the big day.
Although I’m not sure I can cope with any more of ES excited outbursts, but I guess that’s the ‘joy’ of living with someone who has a ‘spectrum’ disorder. In our case it’s Tourettes Syndrome, and it’s minefield of misunderstood symptoms that go with it…..no it’s not just Tics, and No, not everyone with TS swears! There really is more to it than the standard media portrayals of the condition. ES is lucky that he is at the milder end of the spectrum, but it doesn’t necessarily make it any easy to live with either as the sufferer or their immediate family. But the same also goes for those who have to live with other ‘spectrum’ disorders, such as ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorders).
Both ASD & TS often go hand in hand with other issues such as OCD, ADHD and anxiety to name a few, and at certain times of the year, especially Christmas, it can become harder to deal with the stress and the strains of trying to process all the extra stimulus and changes that are happening.
However, this was not meant to be a ‘rant’ of sorts about certain neurological conditions, life goes on, no matter what we have to cope with. At least we will be surrounded by family and loved ones, just having fun hanging out together. Which is really what it is all about in my book. Not everyone gets that, no matter how many gifts are under their tree, or in some cases not.
But I do want to wish everyone of you out there a truly special and magical Christmas, as do the Minifigs 😉
I can’t promise a photo uploaded to the blog next week, however they will be taken during the holidays.
See you in 2014!