1. Tis the Season to Give Back

Are you looking for a way to give back this holiday season? Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community and unit, work together as a family, and spread some holiday cheer! As Marine Corps families, we don’t have the luxury of celebrating the holidays in the same location every year, so getting out and helping others creates lasting memories at each duty station. Consider donating to a Toys for Tots toy drive or volunteering for activities such as soup kitchens, angel trees, or delivering meals to needy families. For more information on giving back this holiday season, click here.

2. Shop the MCX this Christmas

If you’ve left your holiday shopping to the last minute, you’re in luck; the Marine Corps Exchange is offering big savings during the last few weeks of 2016. With discounts on everything from beauty products to the latest gadgets, you are sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Click here to view this week’s sales.

3. Don’t Overspend this Holiday Season

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of holiday bargains and tinsel and lights, but that excitement can quickly become remorse when your credit card bills begin arriving in January. Click here to read some simple tips to help you manage holiday spending and avoid New Year surprises.

4. Tips for Getting Through a Holiday Deployment

If your Marine is deployed this December everyone may be looking to you to keep the holiday blues away. Click here to read some of our best ideas for keeping the holiday spirit alive during a deployment.

5. Stressed this Holiday Season? Don’t Turn to Tobacco

The holidays can be a stressful time, but that’s no reason to turn to tobacco to help you relax. The first step in managing stress is to recognize it and realize that it can be managed without smoking or dip. Why not make a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking and find alternative methods of coping? With the new Tobacco Cessation program launching in January, 2017 is the perfect time to quit. Click here to learn more about Operation Tobacco-Free Marine.