This series is dedicated to the proposition that Blogging is a prime example of the saying "Variety is the Spice of Life".
Let's get to the good stuff!
Let's spend Christmas with the troops!
The other day I wrote a Poem based on the Old Clement Moore classic, and in case you missed it, and would like to share it with the soldier in your life, or of your acquaintance, or the family of a soldier, this weekend, here it is:
1. Soldier's Silent Night. ( Bring a hanky, and turn up the sound )
To learn about the backround of this Poem, originally titled "Merry Christmas, My Friend", pay a visit to Blackfive.
2,. From Sgt. Hook:
He woke up early, just before sunrise, roughly 0600 hours. He was in his parent’s bed, next to his mom, she had let him sleep there last night because he was so excited about Santa’s impending visit. He climbed down from the high mattress, grabbing onto the soft, down-filled comforter as he stretched his tiny toes to the hardwood floor. He was three. In the dark pre-dawn hours he made his way down stairs to the living room, his eyes sparkling with the reflection of the tree’s colorful holiday lights and his smile broadened by the sight of a pile of brightly wrapped presents beneath the tree. He turned quickly and ran up the stairs to tell his mother, “Mom, mom, wake up, there’s a lot of Christmas downstairs!”
She woke, tired from the late night of wrapping presents and placing them beneath the tree just so. Though her eyes were puffy from hours of crying, she smiled at her little coconut catching his infectious enthusiasm, and pleaded with him to show her what he had found. He complied, eagerly.
Read the whole thing: Christmas Presence.
3. Wall St. Journal Christmas Eve Report:
The Wall Street Journal asked a group of American soldiers and civilians stationed in Iraq to explain how they plan to spend this Sunday, and to reflect on the thoughts they'll carry inside as they do so. The Journal asked a few family members at home to do the same.
Read the whole thing: A Holiday in Wartime.
A Tip of the Hat to The Mudville Gazette.
4. Micah, of Courage Without Fear, shares the news that some in his area were interviewd by the MSN for Christmas Stories, and shares a few pics.
Just as interesting is wha he learned about the Media by asking questions of his own.
5. and 6. The Air Force handles "Santa's Mailbag, and the story of GI's, a baby, and the fight for a medical miracle.
This story comes from Moni Pasu, of the Blog Diary of a Mad Pigeon.
7. Leave it to a Military Doc to have disease on the brain at Christmas time. ;-D
The British National Health Services was once responsible for a bit of Holiday Cheer innthe form of a song fit, or not fit ( depending on your point of view ) for a sing-a-long.
Leave it to The Grunt Doc to round up a copy of The 12 STI's of Christmas.
Give it listen. ;-D
8. Tomorrow is Sunday you know...
Nothing says “America” like a couple of hamburgers on the grill and a few friends to talk and joke with.
And even though the Marines of Headquarters Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), are not in America, they often times do their best to recreate a slice of home on the front lines here in Iraq.
Each Sunday the Marines of the company take time to gather for a barbecue – sharing hamburgers, bratwursts, sodas and brotherhood.
Visit the Blog Live in Iraq, adn read the entire heartwarming story: Sunday's Grill.
9. Patrick Anderson wrote a song in honor of the troops, posted the lyrics accompanied by some great photos, and has a link so you can hear him sing the piece as well.
The next edition will appear Jan. 1st.