Christmas is a wonderful time, as it is the time period that brings the most joy out of everyone. This may be due to the fact that we all get some holiday time off work/school but I believe it's because everyone gets excited about what it's all about!
Being autistic myself, I've always experienced what it's like to live the life of someone with autism (although it is very mild now). You can sometimes see the world differently, in ways that are hard to describe. You may read a situation wrong, you may make repetitive noises, you may have a short attention span at times. Sometimes your autism may be specific to how you are, but these are the ways it has affected me in the past.
I see Christmas as this exciting period, yes some people may not see all the big hype about it, but it's a time where you have an excuse to get together with your loved ones and see the joy of exchanging presents amongst one another. I have grown up to realise how much Christmas can mean to everyone.
Some people with autism may not be like me, they may not be able to enjoy Christmas as they may not understand it. I know how lucky I am that my autism is only mild and I was lucky enough when I was younger to have a speech therapist to help improve my speech at a young age. I could only repeat words and not speak properly until I was 5!
I have raised money for Ambitious about Autism this year in the Vitality London 10,000 run as I want others with autism to be able to enjoy life and be able to deal with autism much better, as I know a little bit about how autism can affect your life. Simple joys like enjoying Christmas should be something felt by everyone!
If you would like to fundraise for Ambitious about Autism, visit: ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/take-action/organise-your-own-event