Before Autism, I was highly organized and often had most - if not all - of my Christmas shopping done by this time of the year. In past years, I would even deliver all of my family’s Christmas gifts during our Thanksgiving trip, if I knew we wouldn’t see them for Christmas.
Now I’m just doing well to make it through Thanksgiving and manage to keep going. I’m not complaining - I love preparing a GFCF meal that I know my son will be able to enjoy, but I’m a little burned out; just a little.
Again, I love that at my house on Thanksgiving, my guy isn’t told “no” about anything on the table…it is just a little exhausting to have to prepare the majority of it. Can’t just run out to Kroger, or even Whole Foods for that matter, and buy GFCF rolls/dressing/pie that “feel” like the Thanksgiving foods I grew up with. That’s why my mom and I have worked to adapt our recipes to make them all homemade. And to be honest – they rock! I love to bake and cook – especially for the holidays, but I don’t love to clean it all up! Wow – what a mess! It is so much easier to celebrate with my mom because we both cook and we both clean so it seems to take half the time. Boy did I miss her this year! I’m still cleaning up from hosting 10 here at our house.