Flashback Friday – Christmas Eve Eve or Nap Day

I was around 12 or 13 years old when I discovered an amazing thing.

If I took a nap on Christmas Eve Eve, the day before Christmas Eve, not only would Christmas seem to arrive faster, but I had an easier time navigating any family obligations that came up during that holiday.

The discovery itself was a bit of an accident. I found myself noticing how worn down I was feeling that day and so I laid down to nap.

I never napped when I was that age. It wasn’t my idea of fun and I’d much rather be reading – even to the degree that I’d stay up at least half of most nights reading without my parents’ knowledge.

So, I took my nap.

Afterwards, I woke up refreshed and ready for dinner. Oddly, my parents seemed to hardly believe that I’d actually taken a nap when I responded to their repeated queries about where I’d been and what I’d been doing all day. I had no reason to lie about it and kept repeating myself until they seemed to be satisfied and stopped asking.

That year Christmas was easier, somehow, than it had been in the preceding years. I didn’t know *why at the time, but I knew that I’d just found my new Christmas Eve Eve tradition.

It’s been a tradition for me ever since. No matter how short it might end up being (and with children in the house, it can end up being pretty darn short sometimes), I always get a nap during **this day.

Sometimes something as simple as a nap can make all the difference.

I want to be very clear about this next part though, because “naps are beneficial” was a lesson I needed to learn for myself. I know for a fact, based on past experiences, that had my parents been the ones to initiate naps on this day, I would never have taken the first nap, let alone any of the following ones. My perception of naps was that negative at the time.

Instead, thankfully, I made this discovery on my own and it’s one of my very favorite Christmas traditions!

Notes:

*Of course it was almost certainly that I needed more rest because of all the extra peopling this time of year and being Autistic.

**I’ve also started napping more on other days now, but this was the day that convinced me that naps could be beneficial and weren’t just boring wastes of time.

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3 thoughts on “Flashback Friday – Christmas Eve Eve or Nap Day

  1. Love this! I am a big fan of napping. I used to nap a lot when I was a kid; my parents knew if things had got too much for me because I’d just take myself off to my room and sleep it off. Since getting my diagnosis this behaviour makes even more sense: (as you say) I needed the rest and the safe sensory space of my bedroom to restore my social batteries. I don’t do it so much now, but feel that I probably should. Things are a lot more manageable with a nap!

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  2. There is NOTHING like the nap “reset button.” I read a book on writing where it was recommended to just do that: take a nap if you’re mad and cranky and can’t get over it…just go to bed. It fixes it. Also…I nominated you for one of those thingies if you want to do it. I love your stuff (and love chatting with you on Twitter)! Have a look here if you have a moment: http://www.neurodivergentnicole.com/2016/12/24/mystery-blogger-award-post-thanks-silent-wave/ I’ve “passed it on” to you since you’re an amazing blogger.

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    1. Thank you! I will do my best to make a response post for that 🙂 I wasn’t able to manage it when nominated a couple months ago, but maybe I can this time! I greatly appreciate the thought and nomination regardless ❤ And I have also enjoyed reading your blog and chatting on Twitter. You've brought several new perspectives to my life and that's something I absolutely love!

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