Director's Letter - December 2015

Happy Holidays to your family from MWR Carlisle, Letterkenny, & Fort Indiantown Gap! When we sat down this year to enjoy our office Thanksgiving feast (the MWR’s version of a “Friendsgiving”) our conversations began to sound like that of a cooking show. I sat back and listened as each person spoke about their family traditions and favorite holiday dishes. We talked about all the work we had to do this week just to get ready for the upcoming feasts. We all have our own special ways we enrich traditions and create memories for our families. Spending some time together as a work family around a table filled with the sensational smells of our dinner got me in the holiday spirit.

As the festive time of year begins, we turn our thoughts to how our traditions have evolved as we grew up, moved away and for some of us, travelled around the globe. Thinking of our first Christmas as a family in Fairbanks, Alaska always brings a smile to my face – we were so poor but my husband, Joe, an Airman, invited his entire office over for the holiday meal. I learned a lot that Christmas about cooking, missing our family, and creating our own traditions. I made the traditional feast complete with a turkey, Ham and all the trimmings. What a look of surprise when Joe carved the bird in front of everyone to include his Commander and noticed that there was something plastic in the turkey cavity that I didn’t remove before cooking! While I may have grown into a better family chef over the years, I wouldn’t trade those memories or even that experience for anything!

Feeling that holiday spirit and creating family memories is what MWR is all about! As you look through this month’s issue of First Choice, you will find terrific ways to spend your time with your family throughout the Cumberland Valley. Looking for that perfect gift? Stop by our very own Christkindlemarkt on December 5th at the National Guard Armory on Cavalry Road in Carlisle. You will find unique, handmade treasures for all ages. Don’t forget the family tradition of Breakfast with Santa on December 19th at the Letort View Community Center. If you are looking for New Year’s Eve plans, the LVCC has a dinner dance in store for you to ring in the 2016.

This year I’ll be hosting the holidays at home with our family in Boiling Springs. Our thoughts turn to those of us who cannot be home for the holidays while working to keep this great Nation safe. Happy Holidays to your family from our MWR family.

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