How To Send Christmas Cards to the Troops
Start A Christmas Tradition That Matters
If you are interested in sending Christmas cards to the troops, we are so glad you found us. This is one of our favorite Christmas traditions. Let me start by telling you how it all began for our little family.
When T was in first grade and still attending the public school he came home one day without his usual bounce. After some consoling, I managed to find out what had his heart so heavy. It turned out that one of the kids in his class had become upset talking about the holiday’s coming up because his Dad would not be able to share them with the family. His Dad was a soldier, T explained, and he wouldn’t be home for a visit until next year. His little heart was broken.
T asked if we could pray for that soldier and his family and so we did. A few weeks later I had purchased our Christmas cards and T immediately asked if we could use them to send Christmas letters to the soldiers. And so the tradition began.
The first time we sat down to write out cards for the soldiers I was just writing a brief message to each soldier and moving onto the next until T noticed.
“Mom, you need to really write to them. Tell them who we are and why we are grateful and stuff like that,” he said.
And so I gathered them all up and started writing to them from my heart. These men and women sacrifice so much to protect our country, our beliefs, our communities, and our families. They truly are our heroes but they are also Mom’s and Dad’s, sons and daughters.
I found myself thinking about how it would feel to wake Christmas morning somewhere far from home, empty of the loving presence of those I hold the dearest, my family. I thought of how our soldiers deal with that emptiness every single morning but how deeply it must cut on those very special mornings. Like Christmas morning. I imagined how it might hurt to know that in the place where you belonged your whole family was gathered around the tree, laughing together, giving and receiving, without you…. Instead, you were far away, risking it all for their freedom. It’s hard to imagine what it would take to endure that kind of daily sacrifice.
It woke me up and I began to write not only as a grateful American but a Mom, a daughter, a sister, a friend. This was one of those times when I learned a life lesson from my little boy. I love it when the tables turn like that.
How to Send Christmas Cards to the Troops
In years past we have gone through many different groups to get our Christmas cards to the troops. I urge you to do your research because a lot of the addresses that show up in your Facebook timeline are not valid. If you want to go through your Red Cross, then contact your local office. This year we chose to go through a group called Hugs For Soldiers.
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It takes a while to get these sorted and delivered overseas so we have made it a Veteran’s Day tradition to make out our Christmas cards for the troops. Cards must be received by November 25th this year.
We make some crock pot hot chocolate, bake some cookies, put on some Christmas music, and welcome our family inside to write them out with us. We usually manage around fifty or sixty each year as a group. We encourage you to include this in your Christmas Traditions. These men and women give us so much, it’s nice to give back something.
For more information on what to include in your cards for the troops – click here.
One of my favorite scriptures to include is:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. -Romans 15:13
One of my favorite quotes to include is:
“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” -Agnes M. Pharo
We will continue this tradition for as long as our countrymen continue to serve far from home. And we will continue to pray for our men and women in uniform always. Join us?
For more inspiring Christmas quotes to include in your Christmas cards, check out this post.
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