I Am Who I Am: Being an Autistic Latina Woman on Christmas


My autism means that I have always had an uneasy relationship with Christmas. I did not have words for it then, but my acting always went beyond that small Christmas play about Christ’s birth the children would perform at family Christmas gatherings. It also meant masking my autism from friends and family. I would do it year-round, but Christmas always required an extra effort. I felt that a joyful season should involve joy, or the appearance of joy, at the very least. Then 2020 happened.