Christmas Around the Military
In a summary of how Christmas was treated around the military this year:
Air Force leadership wished their Airmen “Happy Holidays“, without expressly saying to what holidays they were referring.
Fort Stewart had an actual Christmas tree with Christmas carols, though the quotation about the meaning of the season — “a time to grow and reflect” — was a bit off.
Schofield Barracks managed to only light a “Holiday Tree,” though seeming to tacitly acknowledge there was only one holiday that was celebrated with a lit tree in December.
Fairchild AFB managed to use the word “holiday” five times in a single caption — and didn’t use “Christmas” once, despite referring to songs, trees, and Santa Claus, all on the base chapel lawn.
Anniston Army Depot participated in their annual “Christmas toy giveaway” as part of the “Christmas Cheer program” — as described by the local paper, not an official military release.
The Idaho Guard’s annual “Holiday Assistance Program” helped stock Christmas presents for local families.
Sailors at Pax River supported an Angel Tree for their “Holiday Gift Basket” program.
Troops at Okinawa brought “Christmas cheer” (as opposed to the “holiday cheer” in other places) to a local elderly community.
Kids at the Aliamanu Military Reservation in Hawaii were able to experience a “Winter Wonderland” that included “Christmas” characters like Santa, The Grinch, and Disney’s Elsa and Anna (really?).
The 128th Air Refueling Wing acknowledged that many servicemembers wouldn’t “be home for Christmas.”
In an interesting journalistic twist, a story about US troops bringing “holiday cheer” to a local Japanese orphanage, the Air Force story was “tagged” with Christmas, though it never actually mentioned it.