Remember Those Overseas This Holiday.....

  1. TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
    HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
    IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
    PLASTER AND STONE.

    I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
    WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
    AND TO SEE JUST WHO
    IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

    I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
    A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
    NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
    NOT EVEN A TREE.

    NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
    JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
    ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
    OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

    WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
    AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
    A SOBER THOUGHT
    CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

    FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
    IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
    I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
    ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

    THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
    SILENT, ALONE,
    CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
    IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

    THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
    THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
    NOT HOW I PICTURED
    A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

    WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
    CURLED UP ON A PONCHO, THE FLOOR FOR A BED?
    I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
    THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
    OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
    WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.
    SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
    THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
    AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
    A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

    THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
    EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
    BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
    LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

    I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
    HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
    ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
    IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

    THE VERY THOUGHT
    BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
    I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
    AND STARTED TO CRY.

    THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
    AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
    "SANTA DON'T CRY,
    THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

    I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
    I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
    MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
    MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."

    THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
    AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
    I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
    I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

    I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
    SO SILENT AND STILL
    AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
    FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

    I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
    ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
    THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
    SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

    THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
    WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
    WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
    IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."

    ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH, AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
    "MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."


    My boyfriend emailed me this poem when he was stationed overseas two years ago.....and every year I send it out to all of our friends. My love and wishes to those whose loved ones are still overseas during this holiday season....
    Last edit by vashka25 on Nov 22, '02
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   magRN
    I agree we shouldn't forget those serving. Last year on of our co-workers was serving in the gard. He would e-mail us...I got everyone involved from the w/e to send a small care package: TP, ricecrispy bars, a CD...and the victoria secret catalogue which we all picked a picture and signed.

    Needless to say he loved that the most!
  4. by   emily_mom
    My ex-SIL has my two nephews in Germany, and it's really tough at X-mas time. Thank God they are done with their tour and coming back to the U.S. on December 20. The kids will be with us for 2 weeks before going to New Mexico. I'm so excited!! I have never seen them at X-mas before (just summers), so it will be great! They are 5 and 7!
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I used to have this one on my refrigerator door. Send a GI a Christmas card over seas....all you need to is address it to "any Soldier, Airman, Marine, Sailor or Coastie. I will try to get the addy for you.....You can even do this online now. I can tell you they mean the world to those overseas, that we do support them in their efforts to keep us free. It's usually Called Operation Christmas or something like that......
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Nov 22, '02
  6. by   HISSYTHECAT
    My niece was shipped out about two weeks for IRAQ. She is only 19 years old. She just got back a couple of months ago from Afghanistan. She brought back the most horrible stories.
    Would you guys remember her in your thoughts and prayers this holiday season? GOD Bless you....
  7. by   JedsMom
    Thank you for that great poem. It brought tears to my eyes. I'm afraid that may be my son next Christmas :0 I'll keep them all in my prayers.
  8. by   vashka25
    send a gi a christmas card over seas....all you need to is address it to "any soldier, airman, marine, sailor or coastie. i will try to get the addy for you.....you can even do this online now. i can tell you they mean the world to those overseas, that we do support them in their efforts to keep us free. it's usually called operation christmas or something like that......

    what a great idea !!!! maybe we can include this with the post by lvrn for xmas cards?! what's one more card for us to send out....particularly to those so deserving!!!
  9. by   Sleepyeyes
    yes, please count me in! It's so hard to have Christmas without family!! It must be even harder to be so far from home!!

    Get information at this website and have fun sending the goodies and cards!!

    http://www.homefronthq.com/intro.htm
    Last edit by Sleepyeyes on Nov 23, '02

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