#61DaysOfSelfCare: Day 39: Advent Calendar

I bought my son an empty, cloth, advent calendar in Tiger at the end of November. He has been out shopping with his dad to buy secret gifts to put into it a few times since. Presents he knows me and his sister will like. Presents for us all to share. But he’s very careful to stick to a budget so each gift is only a euro or two. He hasn’t filled in every pocket though as there’s only so much he can buy in one go. They usually get enough to last a week.

Not really individual self care, but I wanted to write about it tonight as I’m like my son in delighting in giving gifts to others. But not so good about receiving them myself. So far though it’s cheered me up every day to open that day’s gift along with his sister. And so tonight’s self care theme is that receiving can be as important and conducive to good mental health as giving.

#61DaysOfSelfCare: Day 38: Christmas Tree

So today we put up the Christmas tree. Well, I put it up and put the lights on and the kids decorated it. It may seem like a random and haphazard placing of decorations, but it actually tells a story they made up, of corruption and coups, racism and slavery, social intrigues and adultery. Tell me again how autistic kids don’t have good imaginations.