In the holiday spirit


I saw this article from Military.com on their newletter about what to send a deployed service member to bring him the holidays.  Unfortunately, I've sent my care packages for the holidays - BUT I've found out that my husband and service members stateside like the same sort of things to surprise them!  So, I thought I'd pass on the list for you if you want to leave little 'Merry Christmas Love Notes' laying about this season!

Do you have a deployed soldier on your Christmas list? There won'tbe a "ho-hum" holiday for your soldier with these great holiday carepackage ideas. I've captured the spirit of the season through itemsthat relate to the sights, sounds, smells, and the tastes of theholidays. Add your own touches for a sure fire way to make yoursoldier's spirit bright!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...Santa hatStuffed reindeerChristmas movieKid's craft - paper snowflakesFake snowFake treeLightsHandmade ornamentsString popcorn and cranberriesTiny wrapped packages (use gum, mints, or small items to go under the tree)Advent calendarPicture book (include pictures from past holiday gatherings)Small wrapped items to the theme of the "Twelve Days of Christmas"A box of Christmas Cards stamped and addressed to the soldier's family

Just hear those sleigh bells ringaling....CD of you (and your children) singing Christmas carolsCD of Christmas musicJingle bells

Jack Frost nipping at your nose...Holiday scented candle (pine, cinnamon, baking)Holiday scented oilPine cones (scented)

Now bring us some figgy pudding...Fresh baked cookiesEggnogSPAM (Christmas "ham")Sausage and cheeseHoliday RITZ crackersMixed nuts (in shell) with a nut crackerCandy canesChristmas boxed chocolatesAdvent calendarHoliday coffee & creamerHot cocoa or cider

I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams ...Eventhough your soldier is far from home and needs pampering, you and yourchildren need something to feel connected to him or her too. Craft atradition for your family: buy an ornament each year, write a letter toSanta Clause, hang a special stocking, or read a special story and makesure you do it regardless of anyone's location. Make every effort toshare this tradition across the miles by video-taping, calling, or evenhaving your soldier available via webcam to participate.

Here comes Santa Claus ...Keep in mind special ways to create the perfect "Holiday Gift Delivery System or HGDS," as Bob Gilead from www.CamoSock.comcalls it. Stop by his site and pick up a perfect HGDS in the shape of astocking made from the fabric of your soldier's service branch. Becreative and find interesting things online such as a Christmas tree ina tube (search eBay they're easy to find). Most of all have fun, getthe entire family involved, and put your heart into it. Tis' theseason, but to your soldier you're the reason any gift is special.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!


  © 2007 Tara Crooks. All rights reserved.

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