This year we will travel "back home" to celebrate the holidays with family & friends in Michigan! For once, Jim was lucky enough to be granted "leave!" We chose to stay around base this year for Thanksgiving so others could take leave so now it is our turn! We are so excited! So watch out Michigan, here we come in our brand new Chevy Uplander!!!!
Since we are a bi-religious household, (Pagan & Catholic) we make sure to celebrate both Christmas & Yule together. DJ thinks it is really special because he gets to have two holiday celebrations at once! If he has been good, he gets a visit from the Holly King during the Winter Solstice and then on Christmas Eve, Santa drops by for a delivery. Of course, before either event occurs we spend a day or so going through all of his old toys and decide what ones we want to keep and what ones we can spare for the children who are not as lucky as DJ. After a few years of this new tradition, he has really learned to appreciate the act of giving. Now he actually looks forward to "gifting day." Tradition is obviously very important at our house. We have already continued my family traditions with D.J. by getting him his own ornaments each year and one for special milestones. Searching for that perfect ornament and then adding it to the tree is one of his favorite things to do. One tradition that comes and goes yearly but continues to amaze him is the letter from Santa. D.J. received his letter the other day, telling him that he has been a good boy so far, but he needs to listen in school more and stop talking out of turn so much. Santa told him that he is in touch with DJ's teacher and if he gets a good report, he will be getting some good gifts.
A tradition we hope to start with our son is also a life lesson. We want to instill a sense of charity and giving in our son. So every year, we are going to have him pick out a few of his toys that he would like to give away to someone who needs them. Then we'll all go down to the closest family shelter and let him give them to the children there. We want to teach him that even though we don't have much, we are always willing to share with those who are in more need than us.
Also, please take a few moments and remember all of our military members who are away from their families during this season. It is hard to live the life of a military member, spouse, parent, or child... they need your warm wishes and supportive energy. It is especially hard to be apart from the ones you love during the holidays and if they are to succeed in protecting our country and helping those in need, they need to know that the people back home love and support them. Visit this link for a reminder of those who serve: Until Then
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