Kristina's Soapbox has a list of ways to help a deployed soldier's family. Although not specifically holiday related, this is the time of year when families could really use an extra hand. Specific to the holidays, I'll add a few suggestions:
- Do some of their Christmas baking for them (thank you, Margaret, for doing this for me).
- Put up their Christmas tree and string it with lights (thank you, Tommy).
- Do outdoor decorations for them (and then help put them away after Christmas is over).
- Watch their kids so they can go shopping for presents (thank you, Uncle Steve and Aunt Lynne who drove 400 miles just to do this for me).
- Invite them to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners (but realize they may not be in the mood to share these times with you).
- Invite them over to celebrate the holidays on a less emotional night (like the weekend before Christmas).
- Serenade them with Christmas carols on Christmas Eve (thank you, Cincotta family).
If you aren't local, mail them baked goods, give them a gift certificate to a maid service, find a local business that makes meals for people and send them a gift certificate, have your kids draw them cards, call frequently, and keep them in your prayers.