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    4 Simple Strategies For An A-Typical Holiday Season

    One of the greatest challenges I face as a military spouse is being separated from family and friends during the holiday season. It was tough during those first years and deployment but now that we are empty nesters – with children too many miles away – it’s even worse. You see my definition of a real holiday season is to host and attend many different types of parties where we come together with those we love and celebrate the good (and hug out the bad) times we’ve had throughout the year. It’s a time to reminisce and re-connect, and most of all create new memories. Whether it was days of prep for the…

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    Military Life: Celebrating the Holidays Alone

    Ok so maybe I’m not totally alone and maybe some of you will think I am not grateful that we aren’t celebrating the holidays via Skype this year (trust me I am) but here it is Dec 26 and I’m balancing the feelings of “Mission Accomplished”, “Whew – glad that’s over” and “I survived”. You see it’s the first year that we have had no family here for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It’s the first time in my life I have not celebrated the arrival of Santa with children waking us up at the crack of dawn and it’s the first time I haven’t had my own kids home with us to celebrate. And it’s…