Oh, those holiday happenings. Kids are running around squealing at frequencies only the dog can appreciate and it looks like a wrapping paper tornado tore through your living room. Things can get hectic at holiday time while everyone is so busy. When you're deployed, being away from your family can be tough, especially during the holidays.
Whether you are under the same roof or thousands of miles apart, you can make this holiday season special. Get creative by connecting with your family and creating new traditions, during the holidays or any day. Make it a priority to reach across the miles and think outside the box to create those special moments. Holidays are not about how much you give, but about celebrating each other.
Don't miss out on holiday family fun!
Being apart doesn't have to mean missing out on family bonding. With the ease of technology here are simple ways you can help bridge the gap until deployment is over:
- Use video chat to bring the family together.
- Connect through social media.
- Send pictures, letters and kids' artwork.
- Do something together (while apart) like watch a movie or read a book and discuss it.
- Send a meaningful gift like a recipe or homemade (non-perishable) treat, a book read in your voice or a personalized do-it-yourself craft.
Holidays can be an exciting and busy, time. Keep things simple and don't forget to take care of yourself. Being away from your family can add to holiday stress. Don't be shy about reaching out for help, if you need it.
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