A Life On The Road
It can be hard to be a service member’s kid. Your parent works long hours and gets sent away for weeks and years at a time. They’re often sent to dangerous parts of the world to do a dangerous job. You can either be scared for their safety, or too young to understand the danger their in. Even if none of that happens by some chance, you still have to deal with constantly moving.
Most military kids get used to moving relatively quickly, even if leaving a friend or beloved location can be heartbreaking. What is harder to adjust to is when you are stationed with your family overseas. I don’t just mean emotionally difficult. Learning about a new culture can be emotionally rewarding to many kids. However, adapting to a new culture is tiring to even the most enthusiastic child. This is especially true during holidays.
Holidays In Other Countries
No country does Easter quite like the US. Although parts of Europe certainly have their version of the holiday that they celebrate fairly enthusiastically, the way they celebrate is markedly different. Being closer to the Vatican and historical Christianity, Easter aligns more with Catholic tradition in Europe. That doesn’t necessarily mean the holiday is overtly religious, so much as the dates, parades, and celebrations incorporate more from Lent, Palm Sunday, Black Friday, and the Pentecost. Also, it shouldn’t be controversial to point out that no one does decadence and gifting quite like the United States. America does Easter big, loud, expensive, flashy, and above all else filled with chocolate.
If there is one thing that makes a child homesick, it’s when something they expect to be extravagant is toned down by a new culture. April is the month of the military child, and also a month where many military children are dealing with a nasty case of homesickness. If there is a military child in your life, making sure the Easter Bunny visits is the best way to help them combat homesickness. My Hero Crate offers an Easter Basket loaded with all of the holiday favorites children in the United States have learned to love. Give them all the eggs, chocolates, bunnies, and activities that makes Easter such a special holiday for so many of our hero’s children!