Month: December 2017

This Military Spouse Non-Profit is Decking Deployment

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(Dec' the Deployment/Katelyn Tinsley)

There’s nothing like a deployment to bring out your inner Grinch, but a North Carolina non-profit is changing that, one stocking at a time.

Homefront Room Revival’s “Dec’ the Deployment” is transforming the faintest of holiday spirits into something much, much brighter.

You know how it is. Those feelings of overwhelm and “Is this really worth it?” are real when trying to motivate yourself to decorate for a season that has ever-present reminders of happier, together-er times. The hours usually spent decorating with your spouse, watching White Christmas and drinking hot buttered rum would surely be much better spent this year drinking wine out of a solo cup, alone, and watching re-runs of Friends.

Luckily, Katelyn Tinsley and her non-profit, Homefront Room Revival, recognizes that gap and are filling it.

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Start the Military Family Tradition You’ll Never Forget

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They’re not there to “decorate graves.”

Volunteers place a wreath on a grave site during a National Wreaths Across America Day Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. (U.S. Air Force/Joseph Swafford)


That’s what Karen Worchester said of the day Americans join her organization to place wreaths on the headstones of those laid to rest in the nation’s national cemeteries.

“A person dies twice: Once when they take their final breath, and later, the last time their name is spoken. When we lay wreaths on veterans’ graves, we say their names … We’re here to remember not their deaths, but their lives,” she said on the Wreaths Across America website.

December is ripe with fun traditions for families. Whether you remember to move the elf on the shelf, spend hours cookie decorating, sing carols or string lights, ’tis the season to create lasting memories with the people you love the most.

But this year, you can take a few hours to go beyond the baking and do something not only memorable, but honorable: Participate in Wreaths Across America (WAA).


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