Holiday Carols Were Not Written for Us — 5 Minutes for Special Needs


I have to tell you, I am a huge sucker for holiday music. I love hearing it while I shop in the grocery and when I’m in the car. I dream of falling snow flakes and cozy fires. I actually know all the verses of many traditional hymns and get mad when artists don’t sing them!

Then, the other night (after a particularly difficult night with the boy child) I started to think about the words, and realized that no one thought of the Special Needs Family when they wrote Christmas music.

1. Silent Night–Right. Like that’s ever gonna happen!

2. Deck the Halls—We don’t use words that may trigger an aggressive action! Nor do we often fa, la, la…Nor do we eat figgy pudding…

3. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas— Seriously? All I want is sleep. And to win the lottery.

4. Jingle Bells—Sure. I really want to” jingle all the way” after packing the car with supplies, medication, the 43 pies I was “asked” to make, and listening to the child who doesn’t eat scream because the car smells like food!

5. Percy, the Puny Poinsettia—Are you making fun of me? Because I can’t keep the damn thing alive? Well, I’ve been busy…keeping the child alive!

6. I Wonder As I Wander–Yeah? Me too…

7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—Poor thing.

8. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town–Just please don’t tell the kid until the morning of Christmas, otherwise he won’t sleep for weeks.

9. Hark the Herald Angels Sing–Which then prompted a three hour conversation about who Harold is and why are the Angels singing about him?!

10. Good King Wenceslas–Really? REALLY? I had to Google it just to spell it! Now make a kid with speech problems say that!



(I wish you ALL a safe, uneventful, HEALTHY, happy holiday! I’m re-posting next week as we’ll be on the move to our new home! May 2012 bring us all some wonderful things–if nothing more than making our friendships stronger!)


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Heather is a mom of two, wife, and nurse educator doing what she can to save the day! She lives in Orlando where she is routinely spotted driving while singing ABBA--all on a mission to advocate and educate!

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1 cj December 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

only you, Heather – and in the midst of difficulty, you find humor. THAT, m’dear, is what keeps you as close to sane as you get. Love you, Merry … and CAN’T WAIT to have you a short drive away! MMMMMWWWAAAAAHHHH! Smooches to you all – hug hug hug hug – cj

2 Heather P December 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Love you too, OM! See you soon!

3 Jo December 24, 2011 at 8:53 am

Love it especially number 8!!!!
My little guy was going arouns singing one of the songs from his Christmas play a few weeks ago-Gentle Mary, Humbug Mary!!Couldn’t figure it until I realized meant to be Humble Mary..
Good luck with the move. All the best for 2012 to you and your family.

4 Heather P December 25, 2011 at 8:57 am

HA! Humbug Mary! I love that! Thanks. We’re spending Christmas packing! LOL The best to you and yours as well! “See” you next year!

5 Mary E.S. December 24, 2011 at 9:28 am

Thank you for a good laugh when I really needed one. In the midst of meltdowns and freakouts due to sensory issues and disrupted routines we have to find things to laugh about.Merry Christmas to all and good luck on the move and in the new year to come.

6 Heather P December 25, 2011 at 8:57 am

Thanks Mary! I needed a laugh too. It helped me not be so grumpy to be awake in the middle of the night! Merry Christmas!

7 Marcy December 25, 2011 at 10:10 am

You made me laugh! Thanks, I needed that! Merry Christmas to you.

8 Heather P December 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Merry Christmas Marcy! We all tend to need a laugh this time of year! 🙂

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