I grew up in a family that loved to celebrate the holidays in a big way. We would always have a big family party with all of my aunts and uncles and cousins. We would play a lot of games, sing a lot of songs, and eat a lot of food.
Presents were a big deal at my house too, but my parents wouldn't spend a fortune. It seems like we would wake up every Christmas morning with presents piled high on each of our places on the couch, but the presents were mostly things that we needed anyway. Sometimes we would wake up and find bicycles or video game systems, but undoubtedly, we would also get bottles of shampoo and conditioner, razors, socks, toothbrushes, a few items of clothing and of course an orange at the bottom of our stocking. Our friends would give us funny looks sometimes when they'd see our pile of loot and find a tube of toothpaste or a bath towel, but that was what we were used to, and we loved it!
Now that I'm the mom planning gifts for my family, I carry on some of the same traditions. My kids always get a new toothbrush, a box of band aids and a few other things that they need, along with a few fun toys or electronics. It's especially fun to get some type 1 diabetes-related items for Kaitlyn.
Here is my holiday shopping list with a kid with diabetes in mind:
About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.
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