As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” … Not every Marine or Marine Corps Family will hum along with you as you sing this classic holiday tune. Holiday time is not always a joyous occasion for every Marine. The holiday period sometimes means duty that will not allow Marines to visit family. It also means that some Marines do not desire or that it may be detrimental for them to visit family. Health and safety during a pandemic may make travel not an option for some. Finances are also a determining factor when it comes to heading home during the holidays. The great news is there are many alternatives for Marines and Families that will be on a Marine Corps Installation and in the surrounding community during the holidays.
It can be one of the most wonderful times of the year, even if you have to stay put. Enjoy what your area has to offer and try some new things. You may discover that you have found new traditions to incorporate in your annual holiday celebration.
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Between travel, food, coordination, missing work, and the regularly, unregular schedule of Marine Corps life, family gatherings during the holidays can be stressful.
Blended families can face unique challenges during the holiday season. Changing holiday traditions and new family members have the potential to cause stress and conflict, but they don’t have to.