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To A Less Lonely Christmas This Year—a Holiday Note

Asperger's Holidays Lonliness

My little Santa Baby

To all my friends old and new’
Before I embark on wrapping the rest of the gifts and baking the Christmas cookies, I wanted to say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very Blessed New Year to every single one of my new friends.
I will be baking Grandma’s Christmas Cookies probably for the rest of the day, after I take my final exam for an IT class I am taking this semester (who puts finals the day before Christmas Eve??). The whole family, kids included, will be helping to mix batter, place chocolate chips, and sprinkle powdered sugar. This is something we do every year on Thanksgiving and Christmas because these cookies are ONLY made on two occasions—Grandma only made them for those two holidays, and my Aspie-self ONLY makes them two times a year. They are our holiday cookies and no-one can have any for the rest of the year so making cookies (and eating them) is a big holiday tradition in our house.
I wish I could share them with all of you because you have all made the holidays this year a little less lonely. You have all, with your love and understanding; made my world so much larger than I ever thought it could be.  I am less lonely because I have people whom I can talk with and share my crazy thoughts with who truly understand me.
Yesterday while finishing up my Christmas shopping madness, in Wally World (Wal-Mart), I glanced down at my phone to find messages from quite literally all over the globe. My new friends were sailing in South Africa, playing in the snow in England, writing short stories down in Australia, and fighting the Christmas traffic in NYC—and sharing a small part of their lives with me. It was a unique and awesome feeling to finally feel connected to other people in the world—THANK YOU.
I will be thinking about all of you this holiday season, hoping for the best, happiest and safest days to come for you all.  My heart and prayers will also be with those in Connecticut who lost their precious little ones, each day they are one of the first things on my mind. I undoubtedly will have those families in my heart and on my mind while I hold my little guys and watch them enjoy Christmas morning.
Reach out to those you can help, hold on to those who are close, and pray for those who you cannot reach out and touch.
With Love and Blessings this Holiday Season,
Jeannie
~Aspie Writer

Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert, contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, on the autism spectrum.