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.