A couple of days ago, a civilian family member asked, "When will we be celebrating Christmas with you this year?" Not a strange question to a military family because we all know that Christmas gets bumped up, anniversaries get bumped back, birthdays are celebrated months from the actual date and so on and so on. That's the way the ball bounces in the military.
In this case, it's not that we're planning on my husband being deployed, it's more likewe're always heading to separate parts of the globe to celebrate the holiday season, and we can't be in two places at the same time. One family or the other will not see us on Christmas Day. Our civilian family members are, in a sense, part of the military family, too. Funny how it doesn't take long for them to catch on to how this whole thing works.
And the answer to the question is, "It's way too early to know what's going to be going on at Christmas." World events dictate everything....
But it's nice to know that they know Christmas, deployed or not, rarely means December 25th.