For some spouses, the holiday season brings a reunion with their loved one. As military members come home to spend the joyous season with their families, they’ll be ready to rest and soak up the holiday spirit. At-home spouses may be eager to jump right into thick of the holidays, but returning service members often need to ease into the civilian life.
Try some of these easy activities to welcome your spouse home for the holidays:
Hanging decorations around the house while holiday music plays is simple and relatively low energy. Asking your military spouse to climb the roof and staple lights may be too demanding.
Make some hot cocoa, snuggle and look at photos from last year’s holiday season.
Holiday movies put people in the spirit. Pick your spouse’s favorite movie and watch it together for a simple night in.
If your spouse feels comfortable on skates, take him or her to a rink for an evening that promises some falls and some laughs.
Hide the things you bought for your spouse and invite them to help you wrap presents for other recipients.
It’s not common for a service member to return home and turn down home-baked goods. Ask your spouse to chop nuts or blend batter.
Military families with children are sure to hear the young ones request a drive through a light spectacle. Take the whole family to a nearby park or neighborhood that went all out.
This can be whatever you’d like it to be. The possibilities are endless. It can be silly or routine as long as it embraces the holiday spirit and brings a smile to your military spouse’s face.
Photo thanks to Aubry Aragon via Flickr Creative Commons