This year we are celebrating Christmas with family, something we haven’t done in years. We are thrilled to be able to focus on the meaning of Christmas with each other, our children, and our family.
Here is a quick recap of our past few Christmases:
2005: Our last Christmas as a civilian family. Matt had already resigned the position at FCBC and we were waiting for him to head to CHOBC.
2006: Our first Christmas as a military family, and it was the last time Matt was able to celebrate Christmas with our families in NC. This was the only Christmas we spent at Fort Jackson during that 13-month tour.
2007: Our first Christmas in Colorado… only, Matt was in Iraq and the bigs and I were in beautiful CO.
2008. Our second Christmas in Colorado… only, Matt was still in Iraq and the bigs and I were in NC spending the holidays with family.
2009: Our first Christmas in Germany. We had our tree up only a few days after signing for our house. It snowed a LOT that Christmas season.
2010: Our second Christmas in Germany, and our first with Parker!! We enjoyed many Christmas Markets.
2011: Our third and final Christmas in Germany. We were sad to be preparing for our friends to move to England and we were sad to know we were likely going to be leaving by the next Christmas, so we really took in as many Christmas Markets as we could.
2012: Our first Christmas ever without a house to call our own, but we are fortunate to have family willing to let us crash with them! This will also be the very first year since Matt and I met that we haven’t had a place to hang our annual ornaments in celebration of our years together. Sad as that is, we’re very thankful to be celebrating Christmas together.
Merry Christmas to you and yours, and may your days be merry and bright.