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This poem comes via the Vietnam Dog Handlers Association. The credit reads: “A Military Christmas Poem as shared by Doug Davis“ and was posted by “LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN.”
Jeff concluded the poem with these words: “Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.”
A Different Christmas Poem
The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, My daughter beside me, angelic in rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white, Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe, Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep, Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep. In perfect contentment, or so it would seem, So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near, But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear. Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know, Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow. My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear, And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night, A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight. A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old, Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold. Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled, Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
”What are you doing?” I asked without fear, “Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here! Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve, You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!” For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift, Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.
To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light. Then he sighed and he said “It’s really all right, I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.” It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line, That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me, I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me. My Gramps died at ‘Pearl on a day in December,” Then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.” My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘Nam’, And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while, But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile.” Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag, The red, white, and blue… an American flag. “I can live through the cold and the being alone, Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet, I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat. I can carry the weight of killing another, Or lay down my life with my sister and brother. Who stand at the front against any and all, To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.”
”So go back inside” he said, “harbor no fright, Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.” “But isn’t there something I can do, at the least, “Give you money?” I asked, “or prepare you a feast? It seems all too little for all that you’ve done, For being away from your wife and your son.”
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, “Just tell us you love us, and never forget. To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone, To stand your own watch, no matter how long. For when we come home, either standing or dead, To know you remember we fought and we bled. Is payment enough, and with that we will trust, That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.”
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No matter where you are in life, having a natural curiosity about the world around you will take you far.
So what better gift to give this holiday season than one that sparks the imagination?
Inspirational Gift Idea #1: Memberships to a Zoo, Museum or Park
Pardon the cliché, but this truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Every major metropolitan area (and a ton of not-so-metropolitan ‘burgs) has at least one museum, park, or zoo. These magical places pay tribute to history, music, art, nature, or science and bring the very world to your doorstep. They’re appropriate for all ages (usually) and memberships often include admission to any traveling or special exhibits – check with your organization to find out. As a military service member, you can also qualify for discounted membership rates, which is an added bonus.
Inspirational Gift Idea #2: Educational Games
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are familiar with the universal appeal of the video game. Whether your family’s system of choice is the freestanding system like Wii, Playstation or Xbox or the handheld tablets like the iPad, iPod, and Android , or you prefer the PC-based games, there’s a huge array of educational, intellectually-challenging games that are fun for the whole family.
Inspirational Gift Idea #3: Magazine Subscriptions
Magazine subscriptions are great. Who doesn’t love getting something special in the mail? Not only do magazine subscriptions encourage reading, they increase the readers’ knowledge about a subject they are interested in and provide hours of fun.
These fun and imaginative gift suggestions can appeal to recipients of all ages and backgrounds.
There’s nothing quite like Christmas to tempt even the most frugal among us to go bananas and blow up our budget. But who says you have to spend a lot of money on a gift to make someone’s holiday extraordinary?
Here are a few ideas to bring big smiles without leaving big holes in your wallet.
For your forgetful-and-creative sister-in-law: The Origami Sticky Note
You can jot down your grocery list, and then fold it into the shape of a potbellied pig! Fun for everyone and good for the earth.
For your stressed out cousin: The Bubble-Wrap Keychain
Squeeze each and every one of the eight rubbery “bubbles” and delight in the satisfying popping noises. Then, do it again. Bonus: Every 100 “pops,” you hear a random surprise sound.
For the coworker who constantly tangles themselves up in their corded desk phone: The Bobino
An easy, stylish way to avoid the dreaded cord tangle. Works on anything with a cord: earbuds, phone chargers, even corded phones.
For your quirky niece: Snow-in-a-Can
Perfect for “Christmas in July” parties or whenever you feel like making a little wintry mischief. Comes with a pair of googly eyes and red scarf for potential snowman accessorizing. Snow is non-toxic and reusable.
For your favorite smartphone fan: Phoney Owl
Whoo’s calling, please? Perch the Phoney Owl in the headphone jack of your smartphone and you’ve got a steadfast companion.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, that joyful time of panic-induced trips to the ER finding the perfect gifts for the beloved servicemembers in your life. And let’s face it, some military members are easier to find gifts for than others.
In the spirit of the giving season, we have scoured the malls and surfed the web to compile a collection of gift ideas for those of you needing a little spark of inspiration.
If you have someone in your life who can recite every line from every Star Trek movie, chances are good that you can find a gift for them from this composition:
The Elements Calendar
Marry a stunningly beautiful image of every known element in the universe with every month in the calendar year and voila.
Grow Your Own Carnivorous Plant Set
Create your own gauntlet of doom for the insect world with this little gem. The set comes with ten carnivorous plant seeds, plastic terrarium and potting mix plus plant decals, “bog buddies” and “swamp rocks.”
R2-D2 Lego Kit
If you’re looking for a way to really wow your favorite Star Wars fan, look no further than the plucky little droid R2-D2.
If your friend is as attached to their smartphone as they are their own fingers, make them happy this year with this pair of high-tech, capacitive gloves. The gloves keep digits nice and toasty while operating sensitive touch screen gadgets. Plus, the left glove has a speaker and a microphone sewed into the thumb and little finger for talking on the go.
This micro-robotic tank can navigate mazes, battle opponents, and offer a nice little distraction during an otherwise busy day. Even better – it’s fully controllable from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android device.
From $25, mydeskpets.com
Perfect for the game-loving tablet owner, this safe, removable joystick adds an element of real arcade action to your tablet.
Mustache Tree Ornament
Get a handle on your gift-giving with this quirky ornament. Ideal for those to whom you mustache to have a very merry Christmas. There’s not much else to add to this one.
Starting at $6, various retailers
This is a fully-functional 3-gallon fish tank inside what once contained an astounding 4 megabytes of RAM. It’s a conversation piece and a forever home for your finny friends. Each one is custom built, so contact the designer for cost.
Space Invaders Playing Cards
The original vertical alien shooting game is memorialized on a deck of playing cards, which can be used in a recreational, alien-violence-free game of poker, Old Maid, or Canasta.
Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars Bundle
Complete your favorite person’s home gaming system with this Microsoft gaming bundle that would make the rebels proud. And don’t forget to let the Wookie win.
There are just a few shopping days left before Christmas, and if you’re still scratching your head wondering what to get your guy this year, we have just the list for you.
Star Wars Severed Arm Wampa Ice Scraper
If you ride a Tauntaun to work, a frosty windshield is the least of your concerns. But for the rest of us, there’s the Wampa arm ice scraper. If you have to scrape your windshield, at least now you can feel like a Wampa while you’re doing it.
The appeal of fire is primal. Having your own fire pit is even more appealing. Fire good. Make warm. Cook food.
$89 @ Walmart
Tac Bac: Tactical Canned Bacon
If you have canned bacon, you win at everything. Period. Inside this glorious can resides eighteen servings of smoky delicious power. Eat it now, or stash it away for a future camping trip or potential apocalypse. Your call.
With one simple device, you can control any appliance that plugs into an outlet from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. I believe the phrase you’re looking for is “mwah ha ha.”
$99 for the switch and motion bundle, belkin.com
Beardo Bendable Mo
The CO prefers clean-shaven soldiers, but facial hair does come in handy when it’s cold outside. Enter the beardo. This soft, knit cap and face-warmer comes with a bonus seven-inch bendable mustache that the wearer can fashion into any shape he chooses.
These are just a few off-the-beaten-path ideas to make your servicemember smile this holiday season.
Wishing you all the best for a happy 2013!