Yesterday I officially finished my second-to-last-semester-of-school-EVER, and my top priority became putting together a Christmas box for my brother-in-law who is currently deployed over seas.
I don’t even want to imagine what it would be like to have to be away from family at all, much less at such special moments like the holidays. Chris will have missed Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and his daughter’s second birthday before he gets to come home next year.
I want my bro to know that we are thinking of and praying for him this Christmas, that he is not forgotten, that we wish he didn’t have to be alone, and that the holidays definitely aren’t the same without him here. I’m telling him this in the best way I know how – through Christmas sweets and goodies. Plus, there is NO way he is getting away with missing out on the defeated, yet joyful feeling of constant loss of self-control the rest of us experience during the Christmas season thanks to tons of sweet treats everywhere we turn!
The package includes gourmet popcorn, M&M Christmas candy, Louisiana Hot Sauce and Tony Chachere’s Famous Creole Seasoning (I am from Louisiana – you NEED these things wherever you go, believe me.), sugar cookies, yogurt pretzels, toffee, an Itune’s giftcard, and a dvd I made for him during Thanksgiving at my sister’s house.
Of everything I sent, two have the most meaning behind them:
This is the best homemade toffee EVER. EVER PEOPLE. My mom-in-law makes it every year along with spritz cookies, and we make ourselves sick all month long eating it. It’s a tradition. I LOVE traditions. I had to share the love with Chris.
Second, during Thanksgiving break, I was able to make this silly little video of my sister and niece (his wife and daughter). I’m hoping he loves it. I think it’s FRILLING and adorable.
Here’s a picture of everything all packed up and ready to go. Don’t worry, I stored all the food properly in ziplock bags within the tins so that it will stay fresh!
Do you have any special Christmas boxes you are sending this year?