The season of Yuletide and birth of Christ…Merry Christmas!
The preparation of buying and warping of gifts is complete, a nicely decorated tree is done, Christmas cookies are baked, food for dinner planed and in the ready. Yes, put that stress behind and be ready for the real meaning of Christmas. The most special day of the year….
Christmas is energized by church, friends, family and being with people who mean most. Christmas is about giving and staying with the family basics. We think of those who nurtured and trimmed this holiday of past traditions we so willing emulate and work hard to pass to our children. Make it a real Norman Rockwell moment, if you will; play card/board game with the kids, bundle up for a walk, climb little black mountain (right T&R boys, Rachel?), visit friends, strap on your skis, have eggnog, enjoy Christmas dinner, or plain hunker down as a family and do little or nothing all day.
I’m not embarrassed to confess, here in Kuwait will be lonely to be none with family. There is no place like home for the holidays and being separated from family is hard. I surrender to this being a common emotion for most soldiers here. But for me being advantage over other soldiers is consequence of holding out for the February Turner Family Christmas in Vermont!
As a soldier serving and being far from home during the holidays, I admit our material needs are small. What we want most is to be remembered in thought at your festive holiday gatherings. It is with great admiration that accompanies my sincere gratitude to those who bring holiday cheer to a deployed soldier or their families. If you know of a family who has a son, daughter, mother or father serving, make today very special by reaching out and wishing a soldier’s family a “Merry Christmas”. It will mean more than any gift under the tree.
My calendar has now reached a close18 days and a wake up before boarding a plane out of the Middle East! I’m restless for this one year deployment to come to an end. I look forward to being reunited with my family/friends and know my experience of living in Afghanistan has changed me for the best. Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Special thanks to the many who have written. Please know my lack of response is tribute only to my inability to have time to respond appropriately. It is with no diminutive appreciation, but instead of how charming it was to receive your letters/emails/FB.