Steps to avoid sensory overload at the holidays:

1. Reduce sensory overload: Create a calm environment by minimizing bright lights, loud noises, and strong smells. Use soft lighting, play gentle music, and avoid overwhelming scents. Malls are especially difficult around Christmas. Justin struggles with smells and there seems to be an abundance of mixed scents during the holidays.2. Provide sensory-friendly activities: Offer activities that cater to different sensory needs. This can include quiet spaces for relaxation, tactile activities like crafts or sensory bins, and opportunities for movement such as dancing or yoga. We do a lot of Christmas crafts with soft music playing in the background. Chef Justin loves to paint rocks like Christmas packages. 3. Communicate and prepare in advance: Inform guests about any potential sensory triggers and provide them with strategies to cope. For example, let them know when certain activities will take place, offer visual schedules, and provide earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones if needed. We also let people know when they come to our house cats are here.4. Offer food options: Accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences, considering sensory sensitivities. Provide a variety of textures and flavors, and consider offering alternatives for individuals with specific dietary needs or aversions. Christmas 🎄 like every other day here is Chicken nugget day. We always make sure to have plenty on hand. We also have soft drinks because he is not about to drink eggnog.5. Respect personal boundaries: Encourage guests to communicate their comfort levels and respect their boundaries. Allow individuals to opt out of activities or social interactions that may be overwhelming for them. Provide designated quiet areas where they can retreat if needed.we always make sure at least two bedrooms are safe and quiet.By implementing these steps, you can create a holiday environment that is inclusive, comfortable, and enjoyable for everyone, including those with sensory