Tonight I have messages for those who are deployed from those who sew for them.
For me Christmas is about spending time with those who are most special to me but, by virtue of the fact that I have immersed myself in Aussie Heroes, I can't help but be conscious that there are so many who will not be home with their family and friends because they have a duty to perform......for us.
I hope these messages let you know that there are lots of people back here who appreciate your service and your sacrifice and that of your family and loved ones.
Merry Christmas to all, stay safe and well. We are proud of every one of you.
To all our wonderful Aussie Heroes
As you spend this festive time on deployment your family and friends will be holding you close in their thoughts and prayers. Just know that they are not the only ones back here in OZ who will be thinking of you and praying that you stay safe and enjoy the festivities.
Blessings, Janine C
Tom & Alice Handley, Waroona, Western Australia.
best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and safe 2014.
What does Christmas offer for our men and women over there?
In Kabul I am told....
The aussies have organised a BBQ lunch with turkey and ham. There will be Christmas puddings and mince pies as well. One of the members aunite has backed an old fashioned Christmas cake to share amongst all.
It will be a little gathering on our verandah outside where we will cook the BBQ, we will decorate the area and also do a secret Santa... I know that in the morning most of us will choose to skype our families and see everyone at home opening the pressies etc.
And we will all be missing OZ but hopefully seeing some snow!
And in Dubai
On Christmas Eve the elves will get together and decorate the dining/recreation areas in a Christmas theme, there will be a raffle, a Christmas movie and of course,
Carols and Chapel Service
On Christmas Day there will be a Christmas Day Service and then a visit from Santa followed by Christmas Lunch, trivia games and nibbles and a BBQ for dinner and maybe a Volley ball game.
Of course there has to be a Boxing Day Cricket Match (of course).
There will be a belated Christmas for those on duty Christmas Day
There will also be Musical entertainment (those musically inclined will jam)
It looks like the spirit of Christmas will be alive and well there but there is always work to support our troops.
As for my message.....
PS. I have kept a little something up my sleeve for tomorrow night......
See you then!