Thanksgiving is a special day period. Although I feel Thanks and Giving should be a daily thing, this special day allows us to really put it at the forefront of our lives. It’s a great day when you get to spend with family but as you know sometimes the military doesn’t allow that. Being a military family means you may have to rig some things together whether it’s with other military friends or technology to have a great holiday. I’ve discussed some of the ways before that my family and I got through holidays apart. This is not only from my husband during deployments but immediate family too.
1. Uh Hello Technology: Whether your spouse is deployed or you’re missing out on the festivities back home the internet is your friend. Log onto Skype or Facebook and join in the party. Hubby can instantly become a part of the dinner or you can see your new baby niece/nephew with just a few clicks of the mouse.
2. Invite Others: I have always shared the story that one of my best Thanksgivings was when I hosted several military spouses and kids at my home in Savannah, Georgia. It felt just like back home with lots of people, lot’s of food and lots of laughs. Everyone chipped in and brought a dish. We had so much food that we had leftovers for days.
3. A Big Deal Even If It’s Just You And The Kids: You may be just the type of person who doesn’t have alot of friends but would rather just have a small intimate dinner at home with the kids and yourself (hubby included if he is there). Dole out a task to everyone , even the little ones. You can still have a great dinner even with minimizations. Don’t stress yourself making a million dishes. Do one of each and a great dessert.
4. Give Back: It’s Thanksgiving so why not give back. Prep your dinner early and then early on in the day head over to your local soup kitchen. Take the kids with you (if they are old enough) show them what the holiday is really about.
In the spirit of giving back Butterball is allowing me to give 4 lucky readers a gift check for a free BUTTERBALL Turkey up to $20. This is a time sensitive giveaway and will end tonight. So be on the lookout for an email or FB msg if you are the winner.
Simply leave a comment telling how you get through the holidays as a military family. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and GC will be sent priority mail tomorrow. This is a fast giveaway and ends tonight. Winner notifications will go out tonight so be sure to check those emails or FB messages.
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