A lot of my readers will understand the terror of going to see Santa, especially at a young age. There are a huge number of lights, and even worse, everyone and their mother show up and are talking and yelling and some are even screaming. It's a sensory overload that even the best Aspie sometimes cannot handle.
I can relate. Without fail, every year, my mother troops my brothers and I down in our itchy Christmas sweaters to see Santa. I absolutely would dread it every single year.Without fail, there would be a ton of people there, and occasionally bad things happen like the year my youngest brother randomly got a horribly bad nosebleed and my mom left me in charge of my other brother while she changed the youngster's shirt. Naturally, I panicked because I had no clue what to do. There were so many people there and they were all talking and, well, let's say it did not end well.
Here are some tips I have picked up in my seventeen trips to see Santa.
- Come with a group. Let other people wait in line while you go sit somewhere quieter, then they can come get you when it's your turn.
- Hum a tune to yourself, or talk to your friends so you are distracted from the lights.
- Come with people you really like, and they can coach you through it.
Please pray for the children in Connecticut.