Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Countdown - a great idea from Shirley

How does one prepare for the advent of Christmas with a child with special needs that has no concept of time? After looking for one that would help my son count down to Christmas (and couldn't find anything with enough days) I created one that works great! It really helped him manage the anticipation and excitement last year, so his seizures did not increase as much as previous Christmases. 

The information above was sent in by Shirley Martens. I asked if I could share her story with all of you, and she graciously agreed.

At Shirley's house, their family uses 40 numbered ball ornaments to count down the number of sleeps until Christmas. A ball is removed from the mantle each day as they count down. There is a tree ornament hung at the place in the countdown that their family will put up the tree. There is a Santa ornament at the end for Christmas morning.

Shirley has the ability to hang this up whenever her son is ready to decorate. She has even made a box to store the ornaments that are removed from the mantle before the tree is up. Her son removes an ornament and places it in the box each night at bedtime. Once the tree is put up, he is able to decorate the tree with the ornaments that have already been removed, and then he moves an ornament to the tree from the mantle each night. The box also works as a good storage container for the bulbs for the next year.

They have 11 more sleeps until they decorate the tree and 36 more sleeps until Christmas morning. How exciting!

Do you have a holiday tradition at your house that you would like to share? We would love to highlight your ideas also. Send us a message on Facebook or use the Contact Form to let us know that you have something to share.

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Shirley.

Heather S. enjoys family traditions and is looking forward to her sister arriving from Texas in a couple weeks.

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