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    Best of How To Celebrate the Holidays Military Family Style

    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 –…

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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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    Holiday Series: 4 Ways to Manage Loneliness During the Holidays

    Holiday Series Sponsored post by USAA This post was originally published in the USAA Member Community – 4 Ways to Manage Loneliness This Holiday Season By Judy Davis Being alone during the holidays is tough. For some of us, loneliness means there is an empty seat at the table and miles separating us from our service member. For others it marks ringing in the New Year away from family and friends. Feeling alone during the holidays is a challenge that can make getting into the spirit especially difficult. How do you find the spirit to enjoy the season when someone can’t be with you? More importantly, how do you combat the…

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    Holiday Series: 2 Quick Steps to Make Your Holidays Rock by Judy Davis

    Holiday Series Sponsored post by USAA This post was originally published in the USAA Member Community – 2 Quick Steps to Make Your Holidays Rock! By Judy Davis Twinkling lights and smells of gingerbread greet me around every turn. Even the star atop the tree seems to be signaling that Santa is on his way. Yes, the holidays are upon us and expectations are high. This year will be different. This is the year that it will all come together. All my planning and hard work will be worth it, and I will finally create the most magical season ever. This year will be just like a Hallmark movie. This…

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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…

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    I Confess…I have Holiday Envy Issues

    There I’ve said it. I have a bad case of holiday envy. Yes I have to confess, instead of working and being productive on all things “Diva”-ish, I have to come clean and let you know I have been cyber stalking these past few days. I have seen Christmas tree decorating and chopping excursions, I’ve witnessed the likes of Sprinkles, Zippy and Mel the elf pulling shenanigans  the likes I’ve never witnessed before. And then there are the clever crafters (you know who you are)  that just continue to blow my mind with their talent. Oh and did I mention the cookie pics, new recipes and Christmas card photos that are…