How To Spread Christmas Cheer During Wartime

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Recently we marked the 67th anniversary of December 7, 1941; the day the nation of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and brought the United States into War with Japan and the wider conflict of World War II. As the nation reminisces on those events we Must not forget the soldiers, sailors and airmen who are sacrificing for this great country of ours. Soon it will be Christmas, not a holiday, but a holy day.

We also must not forget the events of September 11, 2001, another day of infamy for the United States that most of us should remember. We are a nation at war. Some children will not celebrate Christmas with their father; some children will not celebrate Christmas with their mother. Many fathers and mothers, sons and daughters will be on the front line protecting another country struggling from the effects of an evil tyrant. More and more we are hearing encouraging words of progress. As for a free and democratic Iraq, time will tell if the sacrifices that were endured made a difference. At present, and all around us what we are seeing in Iraq and Afghanistan is humanity at its best — feeding and helping the needy children and distributing toys to young children. It is not easy to explain why God permits evil but in it all we see a lot of good being done to the neediest of the needy in the Middle East. The United Service Organization (USO) and Gary Sinise’s Operation Iraqi Children are two examples of humanity and hope at its best.

So, how can we help a soldier this Christmas? How can we employ our talents and say: “Thank You” for a job well done?

Don’t forget the soldiers. The best way to help a soldier, sailor, or airmen is support your local United Service Organization (USO).

Help the children cope with parents being overseas. For children, the producers of Sesame Street have produced free videos to help children cope with a parent who has been called to go overseas. Sesame Workshop has videos, pamphlets and learning materials on the topic of deployment. Their video on “deployment” is a good one to watch. You can either play or download the video. These videos and pamphlets can also be ordered and delivered through the mail.

Care packages are always welcomed by soldiers. Sometimes I have received a letter or e-mail from a soldier in Iraq for special items. If I could not meet the need immediately, my local American Legion Council in my neighborhood has a board for just that purpose.

As we move into the New Year, let us pray that all our young men and women come home safely. Sharing the Christmas joy is what this article is about. A simple note of thanks can mean so much to a soldier. So let’s not forget them, their sacrifice, their commitment, and patriotism this Christmas season. If we do our part we can be assured that our soldiers will do theirs. May God Bless them and May God Bless America!

13 thoughts on “How To Spread Christmas Cheer During Wartime”

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  3. I think you are a wonderful man for thinking writing about our soldiers. I always get somewhat of a lump in my throat when I see a young man or woman in fatigues. I am so grateful that there is such barvery in our country so that I can have the fredom to blog like this. May God Bless you and yours! and Thank you!

  4. XEROX IS DOING SOMETHING COOL

    If you go to this web site, http://www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a thank you card drawn by a school age kid and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can’t pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.
    How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second.

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them.
    This takes just 10 seconds and it’s a wonderful way to say thank you. Please take the time to do it, and please take the time to pass it on for others to do. We can never say enough thank you’s.

  5. Thank you for the succint message re our country and our military. Unfortunately, due to the vicious fanatic few, we can no longer address mail to “any soldier” and must send to intermediaries who have to check the messages out to be sure they are safe!! One such address is Red Cross Holiday Mail Call POBox 5456 Capitol Heights MD 20771-5456

  6. Thanks for the suggestions on how we can help our soldiers this Christmas. This is actually very timely information – my family was just trying to pick a charity for a group donation and this gives us some great ideas!

  7. I concur with this article. It is a good feeling to know that there are people out there have their heart on our service men, while most of us enjoying the holiday season. Thanks for the wake-up call.

  8. in the midst of war; it is important to remember the families who die a little bit each nite hoping their loved ones will return..it is an excellent article

  9. This message in this article is one all people in this great country should heed. The writer articulates himself very well and has great ideas that if we all put to use, would make this world a better place to live.

  10. I agree that we should always remember our troops and strongly feel that there should be a better way to communicate with them. I could only imagine how receiving letters from people that care would help to improve their situation.

  11. What a thoughtful article. You have some great ideas for spreading Christmas cheer this holiday season. I have to say that in this day and age that I’m impressed and joyful that you added prayer to your list. The most important thing to do for these soldiers and their families is pray. May God Bless You as well!

  12. Thank you for sharing the Sesame Street info. I know a few families I need to send that info too. Until my brother-in-law was deployed to Afghanistan, I didn’t understand how treasured care packages were. He actually surprised me in what he craved while over there. It was the simple things like Ramen noodles and deodorant (apparently they got very stinky).

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