No, it’s not just a Navy Christmas. Yes, it happens to all branches. I, however, am a Navy wife. My husband and I married 2 weeks before he deployed. I KNEW I would have to spend Christmas without him. Looking at it through a Civis eyes, one would think it wouldn’t have been so hard. Well, it WAS SO HARD. With every passing day, for about a week, I dreaded waking up. Knowing the Navy Christmas was just around the corner made me feel weak mentally, physically and, if you have ever had to say “see you later” to your service member you know what I mean when I say, I very much felt my heart break.
Looking back, after Christmas is all done, I wonder why I even cared so much? Why did it mean SO MUCH to me that he wasn’t there? I am having to go months upon months without him anyway, so why do the holidays matter so much? The truth is, I feel rather selfish for “hating” such a wonderful time of the year. It wasn’t right. It ISN’T right. Whatever you believe, I believe Christmas is the day we celebrate Jesus’ birth and I was saying “Bah humbug” just thinking about Christmas.
My point that I have been very slowly coming to is this: Yes, we miss our service members TERRIBLY, but that is an every day thing! Imagine this: You are in a 3rd world country, you are surrounded by sand and a WHOLE BUNCH of people you don’t want to be around. Now imagine this: You are at your parents house, there is plushy beautiful snow all over the ground, you are surrounded by all of the people you love BUT ONE. Where would you rather be? Once I realized how my husband was having to spend Christmas, I had to take a step back and realize just how fortunate I was to get to spend Christmas where I did.