I’ve been moved this week by all the news coverage of troops coming home in time for the holidays.
I haven’t ever had a close relative deployed over Christmas, and I can only imagine how hard it is for families to go about their holiday festivities with that worry weighing on their minds. In Austin, we’ve been watching footage of all the soldiers returning to Fort Hood, all the tearful spouses and children welcoming them with open arms. I watch these reunions with a lump in my throat. It’s such a joyous thing when those kids get to welcome their moms and dads back, but the cameras only capture those first moments, and many of these people have difficult transitions ahead as they adjust to life back at home.
Millions of people are going to spend the next week in trains, planes, and automobiles in a determined effort to reach their loved ones for the holidays. Because that’s the point, isn’t it? Sometimes when I get caught up in all the shopping and wrapping and cooking and more shopping, I have to stop and remind myself that the holidays are about people, not stuff. And that even if I don’t manage to make grandma’s coffee cake just right (possible) or I overcook the roast (probable) or the Christmas lights short out (already happened) the holidays are still a success as long as I’m with the people I care about.
So… that brings me to Mariah Carey–that 90s diva whose sappy Christmas album was astonishingly popular with men and boys worldwide (I think it had something to do with the Santa suit)… Here’s a link I saw on Twitter of her lovely “All I Want for Christmas” performed by the servicemen and women aboard the HMS Ocean. You can tell these Brits really want to get home!
Is there someone YOU can’t wait to see this Christmas? Or maybe a tradition you’re looking forward to?
I’m giving away stocking stuffers today! Anyone who leaves a comment is eligible to win. I’m giving away a $10 gift card to Starbucks and three signed copies of my latest release, SNAPPED.