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Mele Kalikimaka!

Seongtanjeol jal bonaeyo!

Froehliche Weihnachten ! 
I'd Miilad Said Oua Sana Saida!

Over the years our Army family has been able to celebrate the holidays around the world. Sure, it stinks to be far from family but learning the cherished holiday traditions of another land is a gift I would never trade.

The Night Before Christmas

Years ago, I, as I am sure many of you have, came across this poem. At the time, the war in Iraq was just beginning and we as military families were still grappling with the hardships and reality of waiting for our deployed soldiers to return home. The origin of the poem is still debated, see the full story here.

Tomorrow is another day

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

Let’s just say, I’m not worried about the sudden drop off of the Mayan Calendar today. Why? Because, the universe has a sense of humor.

Here are my top five reasons why tomorrow is just another day:

Deployment Soundtrack: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Vonda Shepard, 2000

Preview Song

The text came from a friend of mine about two weeks ago, "When does he come home?"

As soon as she received my return text that read, "Tuesday the 11th," the phone rang.

Homefront Spouse: 2013: Year of the Mom

It’s nearing Christmas time and I’ve begun thinking about my new year’s resolution.  I’m not one to make resolutions, usually. It has always seemed a little silly to wait for a certain time of the year to make changes or better myself.  But this year, I have a few simple goals to work on once the busy holidays are over.

The College Spouse: PCS and Online Education – the ultimate multitasking

Online colleges are great for military spouses who have a busy schedule. I think they are the best and most flexible way to get your degree.

I attended an online college while I was in the Navy. My spouse is also in the Navy and between the two of us we had a very busy work schedule. I was also pregnant with our second child.

Deployment Time is Quiet Time

My husband’s current TDY trip didn’t start out so smoothly for my family. The flu has now completed two laps through every member of my household, the car did break down, my cell phone stopped working a week ago and that schedule I stick my family of five children so tightly to has been shredded. I feel like I haven’t slept in two weeks.

Homefront Spouse: Back to the Drawing Board

I have to admit that I have been struggling to write lately.

My military life has been pretty calm, compared to the usual for military families. Most of my craziness stems from being a stay at home mom of two boys under two and all the chaos that comes with that.

Four ways to give back and heal during the holidays

By Melissa Palmer

Guest Columnist

The holiday season is a time to give and a time to heal. Sometimes the healing comes through the giving.

For example, someone afflicted with a serious illness, such as cancer, makes time to volunteer and support others who are sick. The acts of compassion translate into raising public awareness, bettering one’s self outlook, and becoming an inspiring example for all.

Deployment Soundtrack: I’ll Be Home for Christmas
I'll Be Home For Christmas

Bing Crosbey, 1943

Preview Song

"Sometimes Mother Army gets it right," was the cheerful text that I received last Sunday on my trek home from Fort Campbell, Ky., and my sweet friend was right!

We have known for some time that my sweet soldier would take R&R during the month of December. What we didn't know was that we would get an extra surprise in the process.

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