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By Out-of-Sync Woman

I have mixed feels about Thanksgiving especially this year. As an adult woman on the Autism Spectrum, I often find myself confused and frustrated about the different social rules regarding Thanksgiving. I often want to ask “what are your expectations for me?”

Given my social anxiety, the restrictions regarding a Thanksgiving gathering don’t bother me. In fact, I feel like it’s a great excuse to celebrate Thanksgiving by myself. I plan on ordering Thanksgiving dinner from a restaurant, picking it up to eat at home. I will definitely wish my family members a happy Thanksgiving by text. I will call them during the holiday week to express how much I miss and love them.

I believe that celebrating any holiday the way it works best for each person is important. After all, this Thanksgiving is about celebrating the people in your life and what you’re grateful for. There’s no shame in doing what’s best for yourself and the people in your life.