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Holidays and Army Life


Soldiers decorating Christmas tree

With December comes the holiday season. And with the holidays comes family, gifts, get togethers, parties, potlucks, and of course stress.

It can be difficult to manage your time any time of the year, but the holidays often bring extra to-dos and obligations. It's important to be able to say "no." It's also important to manage your time wisely. 

Pay attention to how much time you spend watching TV, talking on the phone, and surfing the Web. If you lose time to any of those activities, use a timer to remind you that you've been on the computer for 20 minutes, for example.

Paying bills every month can be hard enough, but the holidays often means additional expenses as you cook elaborate meals, purchase gifts, and attend parties that might tempt you to buy a new outfit. 



Here are some money-saving tips to keep you happy (and your wallet) happy this holiday season:

  • Borrow a party dress from a friend.
  • Have a potluck if you are hosting a holiday dinner.
  • Consider home-made gifts or draw names instead of buying gifts for everyone. (Remember to set a spending limit.)

Holiday Stress

Holidays can be stressful for anyone, but for the military Family, they can be especially difficult. You may experience a range of emotions, from concern to loneliness to anger and disappointment. The holidays may magnify those feelings, but they can also be a time to strengthen your emotional commitment to your service member and your Family.

For the Army spouse, deployments can also add to stress and emotion over the holidays. Be sure to keep open communication with your Family, be willing to make compromises, and make time to relax with the ones you love most.


Getting into the Holiday Spirit

Donate Toys to Charity

Send a Care Package

See a Dance Performance

Children are what the holidays are all about. Help make sure every child has a toy to open this holiday season. Donate toys to a local charity that is collecting holiday toys for children

Locate a Toys for Tots toy drop-off location

Not every Soldier has someone to send them a care package this time of year. Send a Soldier a holiday care package and let them know that you are thinking of them.


Ship care packages to Soldiers

Attending a musical performance this time of year is simply magical. Bring in the holiday spirit by taking your Family to a holiday musical performance or dance recital this holiday season. 

Locate an Army Band performance near you

Giving Toys at Holiday Santa giving gifts to Soldiers Holiday Dance Recital

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

- Helen Keller

U.S. Army Band

What would the holidays be without music? This year, tune into one of the Army Band stations and listen to streaming Army music from around the world, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Holiday News

December 8, 2014

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas and his Christmas village are at the center of an intricate -- and edible -- gingerbread creation on display at the Army Executive Dining Facility in the Pentagon.

December 11, 2014

As people's thoughts turn to shopping for the perfect gifts, spending time with family, and enjoying friends, good cheer and festivities, post officials remind Soldiers and families not to give vigilance any time off for the holidays.

November 25, 2014

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, sometimes people forget about following common sense security practices.