In my neighborhood during these early days of December, the nighttime streets are getting brighter and brighter as my neighbors, one-by-one, string Christmas lights along their homes and in their yards.
I enjoy this gradual awakening to the holiday season. The neighbors who choose to decorate do so in their own way, in their own time, and I get to be surprised as I drive along at night to see what new lights and displays went up before the sun went down.
Most years we – and by “we” I mean my husband – get our lights up, but some years we don’t. Some years the weather doesn’t cooperate or family circumstances keep us too busy or work obligations limit our time. Still we can drive along our street and find holiday inspiration in our neighbors’ lights.
In the midst of this season, I hope we can bring each other inspiration right here at Special Needs Northern Kentucky.
Joys and challenges
Like putting up light displays, celebrating the holidays is full of joys as well as challenges. That’s certainly true for families who have members with special needs.
As we plan our holidays, we consider the health, behavior and abilities of our loved ones. We try to find balance, elusive and mysterious as it may be. We strive to create a glow and warmth to our holidays for everyone in our families.
While we all have our unique situations, I thought we might help each other by sharing what we’ve learned along the twinkle-lighted holiday road.
How do you celebrate the holidays?
I’m wondering about the ways you celebrate the holidays in Northern Kentucky with your loved ones with special needs. Where do you find fun? Where do you find meaning?
Where do you go, what do you do, what events do you attend that bring you the joy of the season?
What’s out there that serves well families dealing with special needs? Have you ever been unsure initially about a place or event only to be surprised by how good your experience was?
Do you celebrate at home in ways that you’ve found to bring particular delight and meaning?
Share your thoughts
I hope you will share your thoughts and comments, ideas and suggestions. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, Dec. 7. I’ll compile your responses into a post that I hope will be full of holiday inspiration.
I look forward to reading and sharing your responses along with getting some fresh ideas for celebrating the holiday season with my own family. In the meantime, my wish for you is that you enjoy the beautiful lights along the road.