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Old 12-15-2008, 12:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So DS is completely thrilled with christmas this year. I have no idea what to do when it ends.

Every single night when he goes to bed, since about mid-november, he has said
"Daddy?"
"Yes?"
"Best Christmas Ever"

He has been so addicted to all the christmas specials on TV, loves seeing all the lights, loves talking about christmas... "Christmas LOVES santa"

He knows there is going to be a big christmas party (christmas day) and he wants to make santa a cookie cake(how can you have presents without cake?) -- although I should mention that he thinks presents are really neat, this is totally not about the presents for him.

But he really really does not understand that this is all leading up to one day. He has transitioned into "christmas" mode and I have no idea what it's going to be like when it is over. I have never met anyone who got this excited about christmas before. I just wonder how we are going to transition out of christmas mode. Hah I am glad we have a DVR, full of christmas specials, because I have a feeling we are going to be needing them untill march.

Oh and P.S. the Castle has turned out pretty good so far.
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:21 PM
 
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I have the same problem. Anna starts when she sees the first pumpkin at the store in September or October, and it just gets totally out of hand by December. Halloween and Christmas are equally exciting from her point of view. The let down is always pretty bad. This year will be worse than usual because our new baby is due 2 weeks after Christmas.

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The castle is sooo neat!

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can you like wean down? Like, have an all saint's day party to take down the Christmas decorations? then start up with Valentine's day (or even President's day for January), you could have some sort of holiday decorations and activities all year if you *really* wanted to.

President's day
Valentines
St. Pats
Easter
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
then start the fall and winter holidays all over again! Throw in celebrating the Solstices and that's a year of holidays.

Other than that sort of cheeky advice, I have nothing for you, sorry. I am glad though your son is enjoying Christmas right now.
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Sounds like it might be time to learn about all those other holidays - Boxing Day, etc. You could drag it out to mid-January probably.
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Boxing Day, etc. You could drag it out to mid-January probably.
hah funny, Aja and I were talking about boxing day on saturday, it will be the day the guinea pigs get the best boxes from christmas to use as their house.
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Sounds like it might be time to learn about all those other holidays - Boxing Day, etc. You could drag it out to mid-January probably.
Yes! We celebrate Old Christmas (Epiphany) with my family. Here's info about the 12 Days of Christmas...that gives you more time to spread it out.
http://www.cresourcei.org/cy12days.html

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I have been thinking about throwing a "take the tree down" party as a part of winding down here. If there is a party involved, it means treats. And treats are definitely a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. I've got to make the wind down as cool as the wind up I think.

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That is a COOL castle! And I don't know how to let him down easy - maybe by making Christmas into a year round "I wonder what we can get the homeless kids for Christmas NEXT year" kind of thing? "That's on sale, let's get two so that we can store one for next year's give away on Christmas" or something?
No idea, though - my kids are still happily oblivious.
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We;re going to have a party to take down all the decorations and put up a few fun things for January and then start talking about Valentines day!
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After Christmas comes Chinese New Year: parades, food, gifts (money in red envelopes for the younger members of the family). . . .
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I have a "best christmas ever" kid, and she finds it really hard when Christmas winds down, no matter how slowly we do it. But it makes Christmas soooo much more fun at our house!

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. ~Jonathan Kozel
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OT, but I think your castle is magnificent.
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I think that Sid is going to enjoy this xmas like no other. He's aware of Santa, and he loves to open presents now. And, for the first time ever (on his birthday), I saw the emotion of wonder and amazement on Sid's face when he saw the dining room decorated with balloons and streamers. It was no big deal to take it down, though. I just waited one or two days for Sid to enjoy the decorations and then took them down after he went to bed.

I used to get so excited around xmas that my mom would give me some sort of "nerve pill" (yeah, it was a long time ago!) to calm me down. My pediatrician prescribed them because he thought that my behavior during a physical was too excitable. Whatever!
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OT, but I think your castle is magnificent.
I agree! DD wants one now. Actually she wants to come to your house, but alas, CT is a bit far from TX to arrange a playdate.

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OT, but I think your castle is magnificent.
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That is so freaking awesome!!! I want a castle!!!!!

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I want a castle too. Wish we had the space to put one!

No clue what you could do about winding down Christmas though. Good luck!

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Well as long as I am showing off, here is Marvel's Christmas gift

her own mini ballet studio

http://shaggydaddy.com/sd/?p=66

In the reflection you can see jet's stimmy Ikea swing and our messy playroom
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Best Christmas gifts ever! Wow!

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Well as long as I am showing off, here is Marvel's Christmas gift

her own mini ballet studio

http://shaggydaddy.com/sd/?p=66

In the reflection you can see jet's stimmy Ikea swing and our messy playroom
omg. we're wearing tutus next time we come over for germ swapping. that is awesome.

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omg. we're wearing tutus next time we come over for germ swapping. that is awesome.

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don't forget your knight gear for the castle.

lmao at the 'germ swapping'. none f us have that tummy bug thing yet. keeping my fingers crossed!

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We kept our tree up until May two years ago so my daughter wouldn't have a meltdown. Every day we'd take an ornament off or something else and then once it was bare, we slowly took it down (it's a fake tree, so safe to keep it up like that.)

Cool castle!!
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Love the castle and the dance studio! How coooool.

Grace is finally getting into it this year too! We've been going "Light Looking" almost every night and having a blast. We ooooh and ahhhh over the tiniest little display!

My brother, who is 15 and has Down Syndrome, is still the "Best Christmas Birthday, Fourth of July, Talking Party (which is what we had to tell him dinner with the family is), etc. etc. Guy." We've been doing holiday videos for years and he watches them over and over and over. Last night we were watching Christmas 1996. It's so fun. He watches them year-round and celebrates Christmas and birthdays every time he watches. I think it really has taught him about growing up and changing and all kinds of neat things. He also likes to talk about the people who are no longer around, whether they be dead or divorced.

That sense of wonder sure is infectious, isn't it?

Wendy ~ mom to VeeGee (6/05), who has PRS, Apraxia, SPD, VPI, a G-Tube, 14q duplication, and is a delightful little pistol! I'm an English professor and a writer.
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