Last year was my husband’s first time being deployed during Christmas (and hopefully the ONLY one!). My heart broke for him because he is such a family man and a traditional man. He LOVES Christmases home. Before he joined the military, the weekend after Thanksgiving, his family had the tradition of chopping down a Christmas tree at a local Christmas tree farm and spending the evening decorating it.
It was very difficult to be a part of those traditions last year without him, especially with it being our first time living at home in Pennsylvania. I hesitated sending pictures because I knew it was difficult for him to see everything we were doing, but he wanted to see them more than he didn’t.
I wanted SO BADLY to send Christmas to him.
But it’s not easy to stuff Christmas into a little box! All of the family gatherings, the yummy food, the smell of the decorated pine tree in your home, driving through neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights as a family – we take those things for granted. There are thousands of deployed men and women who truly ache to smell the faintest scent of pine, to see a blanket of snow on the ground, or be with their kids while they open their presents Christmas morning. Thinking of ways to stuff all these beautiful things into a box became overwhelming, especially when you’re a busy mom with a bunch of boys. You end up spending most of your days playing referee than anything else.
So I started thinking of little details that take place during the holidays. The foods, the smells, the traditions… anything that came to mind. I started asking myself the questions I’m about to share with you which ended up leading to a really great care package – one my husband truly appreciated.
Of course, I could never replace home. But I sent quite a bit of Christmas his way!
For any busy military spouse out there, I’d love to make it easier for you create a care package for your honey by sharing this post with you. I want to help you send some Christmas to your loved one so they feel a strong taste of home on Christmas morning!
What Is Your Spouse’s Passion?
Luke is a HUGE fan of hunting. Huge. Huge is actually an understatement. And on top of Christmas, he missed hunting season for the first time, too. So I wanted to send a little bit of that to him as well as Christmas. I found and sent a gorgeous, warm blanket with a beautiful buck on it in a snowy landscape. That’s exactly what home is like in Pennsylvania at Christmas time. I sent him a note to wrap himself in the blanket while he opened his Christmas gifts so he’d feel a little more at home. You can find the same blanket if you click on the image below!
What Is Your Spouse’s Favorite Holiday Dessert?
Luke’s favorite dessert is cherry pie. Sometimes he even requests that for his birthday dessert instead of cake. Scent and taste a very strong memory triggers so that’s why I wanted to send him something yummy from home. I placed a beautiful cherry pie in his care package and that was something he REALLY appreciated!
What Is Your Spouse’s Favorite Smell of the Holidays?
Pine. Pine all the way. Luke’s entire mood changes when there’s a Christmas tree in the house. And sometimes in July, he brings a pine-scented candle home just because. And then you’ll hear Christmas music all of a sudden. Now do you see why I had to send some Christmas to him? It’s something he starts a countdown to the day after Christmas.
You guys, my husband is one of the biggest fans of candles you could meet. I always make fun of him for it. So I sent a huge Yankee pine candle in his care package as well. I couldn’t send him a real tree but the smell did the trick. 🙂 You can click on the image below if you’d like to grab the same for your honey (or any other scent for that matter!).
What Kind of Presents Do You Usually Exchange?
I also sent him other slightly less-sentimental things that he would get from me every year.
- I always get him new hunting-related gifts. I sent a huge hunting thermos (something he is STILL thanking me for a year later)
- Under armour shirts for work (nice collared, loose shirts)
- An iTunes gift card so he could buy an album or two of Christmas music
- A stocking filled with gum, candy, and a few other small things!
- He usually gets underwear every Christmas, too and I wanted to get him some Tommy John boxer briefs because I’ve heard people rave about them. My husband actually asked for them, too. I wanted him to have a little taste of luxury while he was working hard overseas. I didn’t manage the Tommy John’s last year, however, I do want to get him some this year! Tommy John is a company that actually supports veterans in transition to the civilian workplace by giving to The Honor Foundation. Maybe I’ll do a review on those underwear later on the blog once he tries them!
And of Course.. a Christmas Tree!
I also sent him a mini pre-lit Christmas tree (that he could also decorate!) so he’d have something to put his Christmas presents under while wrapped up in his deer blanket, listening to Christmas music, smelling the burning pine candle, and eating his cherry pie! You can grab your own by clicking the image below!
I hope this post helped you come up with a few good ideas for a great Christmas care package! If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to comment! Have a blessed Christmas everyone!
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