I’m often asked how we function through the holiday season as a military family. I don’t know if people really want an answer or just want to be supportive and don’t know what to do. All I can say is we do the best we can based on whatever is happening in our lives at that moment. And sometime the way we celebrate is by using the mantra that good enough is just the way it goes.
The reality: there are years that we are all together and some that I am alone. There are deployments and assignments that change our typical family traditions and there are often tears – both happy and sad. But we get by and have many experiences that we now look back on and wonder how we ever made it through. But we did and are stronger for it.
Over the years as we celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas and rang in the New Yea I’ve been able to share a variety of posts that gave you a look into the craziness that is our home and our lives. I’ve shared tips and strategies as well as insight I gained from these experiences and the challenges that came with them, and I thought I’d put them all together in a “BEST OF” list so they are all at your fingertips.
Here are a few from he Direction Diva Blog that share how we celebrate the holidays Military Family style.
- I Confess, I have Holiday Envy Issues
- 4 Simple Steps To Create a Happy Holiday
- 8 Steps to A Better Holiday Season
- Making kids Happy This Christmas
- Military Life: Celebrating The Holidays Alone
- 4 ways to Manage Holiday Loneliness
- 3 Ways to Get Through The Holidays Stress Free
Some of my favorite peeps share their words of wisdom too:
- 10 Ways Military Spouses Can Face The Holidays Alone During Deployment (A Semi-Delicate Balance)
- 22 Christmas Care Packages (Jo My Gosh!)
- Holiday Disappointment: 3 Ways to Overcome Frustrating Circumstances as a Milspouse (Happy Fit Navy Wife)
- Making the Most of Christmas with Your Spouse (Singing Through The Rain)
- Savor The Holiday’s: A Mini Course (Embracing Simple)
- The Christmas Secret: Why The Holidays are so Hard and How To Fix Them (Heart Filled Holidays)
What are your favorite Posts?
~Judy Davis, the Direction Diva is a motivational speaker, author and lifestyle blogger as well as a military life and teen suicide prevention expert. Co-founder of DASIUM, Judy’s books Right Side Up and Warning Signs: Is Your Teen at Riskare go to resources for families and her websites are filled with tips, inspiration and resources for those looking for direction. Connect with Judy at TheDirectionDiva.com