Continuing Our Journey: Celebrating the Holiday Season with Saar in 2023

Mother and teenage son with autism joyfully baking cookies in a minimally decorated kitchen during the holidays, with serene lights and soft decorations, symbolizing peace, joy, and family togetherness in an inclusive holiday celebration

Dear Readers,

As we approach the end of yet another year on our extraordinary journey with Saar, the holiday season engulfs us in a whirlwind of emotions. It’s a time of jubilation, indeed, but also a moment of profound introspection as we contemplate the phenomenal growth we have witnessed in Saar and how it profoundly impacts our own festivities.

Saar’s Growth and Its Joyful Impact

Saar’s newfound interest in baking has brought a delightful twist to our holiday traditions this year. I recall a recent evening when Saar, with flour on his nose and a beaming smile, proudly presented us with his first batch of cookies. His meticulous attention to detail, once a challenge, became his strength in decorating each cookie uniquely. *This simple activity, a departure from our routine, shows his remarkable adaptability and growth, making *this holiday season even more special for *all of us.

Creating a Sensory-Friendly Holiday Environment: Practical Tips

  1. Subdued Decorations: Opt for less overwhelming decorations. Soft, warm lights instead of flashing ones and minimal but meaningful adornments can create a calming atmosphere.
  2. Quiet Corners: Designate a quiet area in your home where anyone can retreat if the festivities become overwhelming. A comfortable chair with a favorite book or toy can be a simple yet effective sanctuary.
  3. Familiar Foods: Include familiar and preferred foods in your holiday meals to cater to sensory sensitivities and ensure everyone enjoys the feast.

Inclusive Celebrations: Making Gatherings Autism-Friendly

  1. Communicate with Guests: Before any gathering, communicate with your guests about the specific needs of your loved one with autism. This promotes understanding and prepares them for any necessary accommodations.
  2. Flexible Itinerary: Keep your event schedule loose. Allow room for breaks, and be ready to adapt activities based on your loved one’s comfort level.
  3. Involvement in Planning: Involve your autistic family member in the planning process. This can be as simple as letting them choose a movie to watch or a game to play, making them feel included and respected.

The Significance of New Traditions

Embracing new traditions has been a cornerstone of our celebrations. For instance, our ‘cookie baking evening’ is now an annual event. These traditions are more than just activities; they give Saar a sense of belonging and stability during the holiday chaos. They are our way of cherishing the present while creating lasting memories, reinforcing our family’s unique bond.

The lessons we’ve learned from adapting our holiday celebrations extend far beyond the festive season as we move forward. They remind us of the immense value of flexibility, understanding, and embracing the incredible diversity in the way each member of our family experiences joy and togetherness.

I sincerely hope our heartfelt story resonates with and inspires other families to discover their distinctive path to a joyful and inclusive holiday season. May your celebrations overflow with boundless love, profound understanding, and cherished moments that create lifelong memories.

I wish you and your loved ones the happiest of Holidays and a New Year filled with joy, laughter, and warmth.

With heartfelt love and deep warmth,



My name is Adi, and I am the proud parent of Saar, a lively 17-year-old who happens to have autism. I have created a blog,, with the aim to share our family's journey and offer guidance to those who may be going through similar experiences. Saar, much like any other teenager, has a passion for football, cycling, and music. He is also a budding pianist and enjoys painting. However, his world is somewhat distinct. Loud sounds can be overwhelming, sudden changes can be unsettling, and understanding emotions can be challenging. Nevertheless, Saar is constantly learning and growing, and his unwavering resilience is truly remarkable.

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