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A Christmas Eve 2012 Recap

Christmas Eve Dinner was at our house last night…as it is every year…

Early in the day, the wife ran out for a few hours to go to the chiropractor and to run a few errands…and I hung with the king…

At 1:30pm, I picked up my mom and visited my dad in the cemetery, along with my grandparents.

Dinner was at around 6pm. In addition to my wife’s parents and my mom, we had 2 friends with their 2 ASD boys. So it was autism x 3 for Christmas Eve last night…a bit of a whirlwind…but it all turned out pretty well.

We tried something radically different this year and hopefully started a new Xmas Eve tradition.

Instead of my wife slaving and cooking and making the “7 Fishes”, (a silly Catholic Italian Xmas Eve tradition, in my opinion, especially since I hate fish 🙂 this year we threw tradition to the wind and ordered from “Outback Steakhouse”.

No cooking, no pots & pans to clean! And it was still probably less expensive than buying all that fish that we used to (shrimp, lobster tails, crab legs, etc)

We got steak, ribs, shrimp, and of course the “Blooming Onion”!

I think it turned out well, at least for me and the wife. Our folks probably weren’t thrilled with Outback…lifelong traditions dying and all…but whatever…they’ll get over it…maybe…

Next year, maybe Chinese food!

Dinner from 6-7:30pm with kids shows blasting from 2-3 devices at the same time.

7:30-8pm some gift opening

The autism family rushed out quickly at 8pm as autism families are known to do… lol…

And then Kyle got some alone time with his grandparents before falling asleep around 9pm.

After that all the old people 🙂 had desert and coffee / tea and watched “A Christmas Story” before we kicked them out at around 11:15pm

What did Kyle get for Christmas?
Clothes, money, and silly hats & lots & lots of beads…

Today Christmas Day dinner at my sis-in-laws…



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Frank Campagna

I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).

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6 People Replies to “A Christmas Eve 2012 Recap”

  1. Anonymous

    thanks we needed that our son is 13 now lol and yes he is a KING also of the house

  2. Merry Christmas! Outback sounds great! We did some new things too! We celebrated at my house on Christmas Eve morning with my sons and boyfriend and son. Today the sons go to there dads and then meet me at my parents for dinner and gifts, we used to do it all in one day, its too much . Its nicer and calmer to simplify for everyone!

  3. Mac

    Love it! Merry Christmas!!!

  4. A blessed Christmas to you and yours, AD!