You Might Be A Military Spouse At Christmas…

This is my fourth Wives of Faith blog post about Christmas. Regular photography posts will begin soon!

In the spirit of Christmas, I will try to narrow this post down to more festive topics. I’m so curious at what other spouses have written {click here to see} but I am going to be a good girl and not peek until I am done with this post!

You Might be a Military Spouse at Christmas: Top Ten List

10. You receive Christmas cards from more than five states.

9. You have trouble buying for the man who has been issued everything he could possibly need {and has the closet to prove it}.

8. Coming “home” for Christmas is your gift.

7. You are a sucker for collecting anything military themed. Santas, nutcrackers, ornaments… you name it. We dust it off and proudly display it.

6. You instantly burst into tears at any commercial that hints at soldiers being away for the holidays, {thanks Best Buy & Walmart}.

5. You’ve ever decorated the tree alone & taken about four thousand pictures of it for your deployed husband.

4. You know the words to the traditional carols, but can just as easily belt out all the lonely tunes.

3. You’ve ever told your children that packages that appear aren’t from Santa, but from the Daddy they haven’t seen in months.

2. Really, you don’t need any presents. One round of great sex will suffice when he gets home.

1. December 25 becomes just another day… it ceases to be the definition of Christmas for you. We have the amazing ability to make Christmas happen whenever we are together, whether it’s before, after, during the traditional day… or just somewhere tucked securely in our hearts that no war or absence can take away.


Bonus: No matter how thankful you are to have them home to participate in every tradition, you feel the nagging & persistent reminder that it’s not going to be the same next year. Then you go back to feeling grateful for right now.

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  • Sara - December 16, 2009 - 1:01 pm

    Great list Andrea! And I love your photography. You are so talented! Thanks for participating in the carnival and Merry Christmas!

  • Amy Hahn - December 16, 2009 - 2:14 pm

    Lovely post! Thankfully, we don’t live in military housing! We actually live 30 minutes away from post, which is the way I like it 😉 My husband is spending yet another year in Iraq, and this is yet another Christmas we won’t be spending together. But, we’ll celebrate in July, when he comes home for R&R! 😉

  • Jolene - December 16, 2009 - 4:06 pm

    What a sweet post – makes my heart melt(except for the water issue! when is it going to be fixed?!). Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica - December 16, 2009 - 5:06 pm

    Great post! Ditto to everything you said especially number 6!!! I can not even watch this year and we are not deployed this year….

  • Kathryn - December 16, 2009 - 6:52 pm

    Great post! Love that picture!!

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