Merry Christmas! I hope everyone got to spend the holiday with friends and family or at least managed to get a bit of time off to relax and reflect.
A lot of us in the military or similar professions that require constant vigilance often miss the holidays or end up stationed far from family and friends. It’s important to call friends and reach out, even if it’s just a simple message over social media.
For me, this years holiday season will be one I will always remember. It was my first Christmas as a father. Nothing I’ve ever experienced was more joyful than watching my daughter laughing as she tore up gift wrapping and played with all her new toys.
My father passed away in December, right around Christmas. I was nineteen years old and ever since, my holiday enthusiasm has been dulled. This year, watching my daughter enjoy herself so much brought back all the great feelings about Christmas I’ve missed since childhood.
Of course I miss my Dad and desperately wish he was here celebrating with his granddaughter. But, for the first time in my life, celebrating with my beautiful wife and child, I feel complete.