A Soldier’s Silent Night: Merry Christmas my friend

Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
In a one-bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney, with presents to give
and to see just who in this dwelling did live.
As I looked all around, a strange sight to see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking on the mantle, just boots filled with sand.
On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.
Medals and badges, awards of every kind,
a sobering thought came alive in my mind.
This house was different, it was dark, it was dreary.
I had found the home of a soldier, I could see that most clearly.
The soldier lay sleeping silent, alone.
Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home.
His face was so gentle, room in such disorder,
Not at all how I pictured a U.S. soldier.
Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?
Curled up on a poncho, a floor for a bed?
Then I realized the other families that I saw this night
Out there lies the soldiers who are willing to fight.
In the morning around the world, children would play
Grown-ups would celebrate a bright Christmas day
But they all enjoyed freedom, each month through the year,
because of soldiers like the one lying here.

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A Marines Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas...

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13 Attempts to Celebrate Christmas in Afghanistan: Photo Journal


Here are some photos I found last night via Funker 530 Military Videos. They’re all great pictures but the one above stuck out the most to me; it’s a touching image of an effort to bring a familiar sentiment from home to the ‘battlefield,’

Growing up in the desert, I know all about “making due” where building a snowman is concerned. Like Afghanistan, our little desert did get snow in the higher elevations but where there was little, tumbleweeds were a good substitute for the fluffy white stuff.

Merry Christmas to you and yours…  

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Merry Christmas! From the US Navy


Happy Holidays from #USNavy Sailors on watch, keeping sea lanes safe and open. #‎PresenceMatters

Originally posted on Google + via the US Navy.  Follow them here!   ⏫

Christmas in Afghanistan

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas

Thank you

Image: ‘Christmas in Afghanistan’ by Linda Clark, fineartamerica.com

History of Christmas

The History Channel

Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25–Christmas Day–has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870. Read more

Brigadier General’s Christmas letter to the US 101st Airborne Division, 1944

Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe’s Christmas letter to the US 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne, Belgium in which he recreated the German surrender demand and his response to it.

Click  letter to enlarge. See story below.

Source    United States Army
Source United States Army

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Season of Serving: 12 Days of Christmas Playlist


Since I only shared one of these 16 second videos, I thought I’d leave you with the playlist (12 videos, 3 min. 30 seconds total length).  Enjoy!


Image of the Day: 16 December 2014


Marines get a visit from Santa Claus!

NORAD Releases Specs On Santa’s Sleigh, Which Goes ‘Faster Than Starlight’ And Runs On Hay

Santa Claus

President Barack Obama suggested the US military’s C-130 transport aircraft is “a little more efficient than Santa’s sleigh” in a speech at the the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey on Monday. However, according to data provided to Business Insider by the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Santa tracking program, Obama’s assessment of Santa’s technical capabilities was clearly incorrect.  Read more

Season of Serving: Day 5


On the 5th day of Serving, the #Marine Corps gave to me….5 MARK 19’s.

And if you are singing along:
4 Tough DI’s
2 Turbo Props
And A Free and Enduring Country.

See all of the #SeasonofServing videos:http://www.youtube.com/ourmarines.

#USMC #Christmas

Merry Christmas, My Friend (a perennial military favorite)

A U.S. Marine sleeps in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province


Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
In a one-bedroom house made of plaster and stone.

I had come down the chimney with presents to give,
And to see just who in this home did live.

I looked all about, a strange sight did I see,
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‘I See You Are a Man Like Me’ Christmas Truce of 1914

Though World War I had been raging for only four months, it was already proving to be one of the bloodiest wars in history. Soldiers on both sides were trapped in trenches, exposed to the cold and wet winter weather, covered in mud, and extremely careful of sniper shots. Machines guns had proven their worth in war, bringing new meaning to the word “slaughter.” Read more

‘I See You Are a Man Like Me:’ Americans and Nazis Share a Christmas Meal

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