I picked up my difficult child yesterday after his school Christmas party and he was all things he was NOT even just a year ago. He was happy, smiling, handling the sensory load well, pleased with his gift received at the gift exchange instead of (after 2 weeks of obsession and angst) angry. At home he didn't meltdown and I decided not to challenge him on all the junk he was eating. All was calm, all was bright. BUT, that was a far cry from a year or so ago when this time of year was absolutely dreadful due to his inability to handle it. I alternately felt bad for him and was frustrated with him. How's everyone doing?