This holiday season I’m going to let my husband have his way. He can decorate anyway he wants, cook anything he wants and I will probably get him whatever he wants on his Christmas list. Normally I am a control freak and will do nearly everything my way. But as I was reflecting on the upcoming holidays I realized that my husband will probably not be home next year. He will be deployed so I must make this holiday season memorable and wonderful for him. He always enjoys himself during the holidays, but this year I want to make it extra special.
If he wants all white lights, he will get all white lights. I prefer colored lights and he hates almost all of my decorations. That’s ok. We can put up whatever he wants. If he wants to cook the turkey this Christmas, he can cook the turkey. He loves to cook but I normally do it. He’s wanted to cook the entire meal himself since we met, this year he will get his wish. I’m not going to impose my will on anything. Next year I will be able to do anything I want and will probably cry every single day because of it. This year is all about him and his wants. I will buy him the silly soda making machine that he saw at Best Buy. I will buy him yet another video game of his choice. This is not a time for me to be selfish and although you may say these are all family decisions, next year he won’t get that luxury.
So this Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years is all about him. I will go out of my way to make this year special. I don’t think this is unreasonable. In fact, I think it’s pretty much necessary. I love my husband and would do anything for him. Giving him whatever he wants this holiday season is the least I can do for his many sacrifices for our family and this country.
This year several of my friends’ husbands are deployed and will miss the holidays with their family. I’ve been there. I understand what they’re going through and next year, I’ll be going through it yet again. So ladies (and gentlemen) if your Solider is home this year, make it special. Keep them close, hug their neck, buy them that silly Christmas gift that they can’t live without and kiss them often under the mistletoe. Take nothing for granted and have yourself the best holiday yet.