Many military families end up spending the Thanksgiving holiday with friends, neighbors or quite frankly anyone who will take them in. Military families typically live far from their “real families.” Due to the cost of traveling during the busiest time of the year or having deployed spouses, they are forced to celebrate where they are currently stationed. Fortunately, military families are good with making the best out of a tough situation and have created some incredible memories along the way.
MilitaryOneClick is a team of military spouses stationed across the United States and around the world. During a recent team meeting, I asked them to share their Thanksgiving Day plans. So here’s how some of our team members are celebrating and we would love to hear how you are celebrating your day of Thanks:
Jen –We are headed to New Jersey to visit family. A small but traditional gathering starting with watching the Macy’s Day parade on TV while still in our PJ’s and eating cinnamon rolls. Followed by an afternoon and evening of eating and watching football. Looking forward to a relaxed, low key and fun Thanksgiving.
Emily – This year my husband will not be with us for Thanksgiving as he is deployed along with so many other service members. So, in the long tradition of the military family, my son and I will be enjoying dinner with some other families whose loved ones are deployed along with ours. We will be going with friends to one of the hotels that happens to host an amazing Thanksgiving Buffet and after dinner we plan on enjoying some holiday markets and lights.
Joanna-We’ll be visiting family, seeing the last Hunger Games, and I’ll be celebrating my 30th on Black Friday.
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Barb – After a 10 month deployment that conveniently had my husband miss all major holidays and birthdays for our family, we will be spending Thanksgiving at home in our new house at our new duty station. We will continue to unpack boxes in between cooking a traditional meal and playing with our children in our new neighborhood. We are so thankful for our new normal after a long deployment and transition period.
Rose – This will be the first year in a very long time that my mother-in-law will have her whole family under her roof. We will have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner followed by watching excessive amounts of football. Go Pack Go!
Wherever in the world you are, know that you are loved and we’ll be thinking of you and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!
And remember, even if the turkey blows up or is still frozen by 1900, (both have happened) take a minute to smile at those around you.
We are grateful for you joining our “virtual” Thanksgiving celebration. We hope you have a blessed day –
Love, the MOC Team and Sophie the MilitaryOneClick mascot