You are here: Home » Holidays » Why Can We Celebrate Christmas and New Year?

Why Can We Celebrate Christmas and New Year?

Why can we celebrate Christmas or anything we want to in 2010? The answer lies in this article…we live our lives because others die for us. Remember and never forget. No matter what your feelings are about war, just take a moment and think of those in the thick of it at Christmas.

They died for us. They gave their lives to defend what they believe in, their country. They love their families and will defend them until they can no longer.

We will sit down to a meal at Christmas and toast those no longer with us. Several of you will have an empty seat, but the usual occupant is sitting on a camp bed in the middle of a war zone. For them I give thanks.

We give thanks for food and drink, for one another and for our gifts.

Let’s give thanks for the defence forces from around the world. Thanks to those who give us the chance to do so.

Image via Wikipedia

Over 230 soldiers from the UK have died defending the land they call home, since 2001 : The Complete List of named Fatalities

Today another UK soldier died in Afghanistan, this takes the total to 240 deaths for this country alone, since 2001. If you think the war is not as violent or quieting down, think again…103 of those were during 2009 alone.

Image via Wikipedia

We will watch the videos below, and weep a tear. We will stop for a moment with the hairs on our bodies tingling, we will feel grateful and a little guilty. They chose their career and are proud to do their duty, BUT WE MUST NOT FORGET THEIR DUTY IS OUR CHANCE AT LIFE. Admiration and Gratitude is written for those who fight on behalf of  the author of this article.

Watch these videos and then enjoy the festive season to the full, they want you to, they want you to live the life they defend.

This little girl in the US had only one wish for Christmas.

These servicemen and women know how to keep their spirits up in Afghanistan.

Lindalulu is a writer with Triond, she shared many an agonising moment when her son was sent to defend his country. She has also written an interesting article The True Story of Life in Afghanistan.

From her article: I received a comment left on my article that was not what I was expecting. It was a comment from an 18 year old boy who comes from Afghanistan and he seemed to want to voice his opinion on what our beliefs about his country are and what is the truth.

After reading the comment I could feel my blood pressure rising and wanted to ream this guy out, but I decided that instead of acting like both our Governments act and fight at the drop of a hat may benefit all of us if I talked to this young man and really found out the truth about life there for myself. Propaganda aside just him and me and what really is important for the people who live in that land.

Author note: I have recently spoken to several soldiers resting in Cyprus. They have returned from war and the one thing they said that helped them get through was the letters and gifts from home. They also said that they loved to receive letters from strangers, apparently during their low moments the letters remind them why they are there and who they are fighting for and for why. Why? They fight for our freedom and right to lead the lives that we do.

I innoculated several UK soldiers as they were leaving for war in 2004. They went with pride and one of those made it to the front page of the newspapers, he was killed.  We had laughed as I carried out his pulhheems (physical and mental testing for UK forces), I cried for days, I then decided to live my life, a good life. I had shook the hand of a man who died for me and am never going to waste a day ever again.

Don’t waste yours, somebody just died for it.

I know you are all thinking, jeez Glynis this is Christmas, let’s not be morbid. I am not, I am reminding you to have a Happy Christmas because you can.

Liked it
User Comments
  1. Emancipation

    On December 20, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Great and thought provoking article.

  2. Mr Ghaz

    On December 20, 2009 at 7:03 am

    very interesting article. I really liked this stuff. good thoughts indeed.. Thanks sis 8) 8)

  3. Louie Jerome

    On December 20, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Interesting viewpoint

  4. Christine Ramsay

    On December 20, 2009 at 7:27 am

    You have read my mind, Glynis. I was only thinking last night that there are going to be many sad families this Christmas who have lost loved ones due to the war in Afghanistan. There is not a lot we can do to help them but learn to appreciate our own families all the more. A poignant and well written piece.


  5. Tim P Stavert

    On December 20, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    A good food for thought Glynis; it appears that many forget why our men are out there and at times I wonder if our Government gave much thought to how we should tackle the original objective to hunt down the Terrorist. Every Life lost is one too many and although many are lost in training, these lives are lost through neglect of adequate supplies of armour and a very well trained opposition which were previously trained by our own forces.

    Best Wishes and Happy Christmas


  6. Videomark

    On December 20, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Great article. Sometimes we need to stop and think about what we have and why we have it.

  7. Lord Banks

    On December 20, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Fantastic article I 110% agree with you Im proud and grateful to our fighting men.

  8. Joshua Miguel

    On December 20, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    these people are sacrificing not only their time away from their love ones,they are also sacrificing their own lives for peace and security.we should always pray for their safety… tnx for sharing this post.


    On December 20, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Ya, we should pay salute to those who sacrifice their time even during christmas. Merry christmas to you!

  10. AlmaG

    On December 20, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    God Bless them all! :)

  11. jaysonv

    On December 21, 2009 at 12:13 am

    wow very nice post.. Great piece.

  12. Linda Lori

    On December 21, 2009 at 2:52 am

    Great article!

  13. lillyrose

    On December 21, 2009 at 11:04 am

    so true! we must remember all that can’t be with us, think of the men and women that fight for us. Lovely post.

  14. Mila Marcos

    On December 21, 2009 at 11:47 am

    We all tend to take things for granted Glynis. Soldiers patrol streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists; some days they don’t get to eat; they wait eagerly for a letter from home; they hear the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded. A wonderful write in recognition and appreciation of the men and women who fight for freedom and democracy – so that we can continue to live our lives without fear or appression and enjoy the special occasions in life like Xmas :-)

  15. Glynis Smy

    On December 21, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Thanks all. Sadly today another UK soldier has been shot, so since writing the article the number of dead has risen.

  16. PR Mace

    On December 21, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Good thought provoking article. I thank God for our military and I am proud my husband was in the Navy.

  17. Chris Stonecipher

    On December 22, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Hi Glynis,
    This is a great tribute to our soldiers and sailors during our Christmas and New Years holiday. I spent 8 years serving in the United States Marine Corp with several of them away from family and friends. It is difficult enough to serve, but more so when we can’t be with our families during the holidays. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

  18. Linvio

    On December 23, 2009 at 6:54 am

    wow.. good thing we have christmas to at least give ourselves a relaxation and a hope to every reason to go on with life…

  19. Glynis Smy

    On December 23, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Another UK soldier was killed today.

    The death takes the number of British troops killed in Afghanistan to 243

  20. Tina Cassello

    On December 23, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Even though my brother was in the Korean war I was too little to know much about what was going on then and he made it back safely. No one else in our family served in either the World Wars or Korean or Viet Nam and not in the current wars in the Middle East, so it is hard for me to really relate to those who experience it first hand. Sometimes I think we need more reminders like yours. Thank you.

  21. fashion girl

    On December 27, 2009 at 9:17 am

    some leaders just can’t be reasoned with…

  22. Glynis Smy

    On December 29, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Sadly another UK soldier was killed today.

  23. Glynis Smy

    On January 1, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Sadly on New Year’s Eve 2009 the UK lost another soldier…

  24. Glynis Smy

    On January 4, 2010 at 5:43 am

Post Comment
Powered by Powered by Triond