A carol service in Camp Bastion Afghanistan during Christmas 2011 (Picture: MOD).
There’s no denying that servicemen and women often celebrate Christmas a little unconventionally.
Often away from friends and loved ones, those serving in our Armed Forces are undoubtedly some of the finest at ensuring there is always an abundance of festive cheer, whatever the surroundings.
Of course, at Christmas time, traditions are all-important, and it’s those celebrated by the military which marks their unique spirit and cheerfulness in adversity.
The long-honoured Christmas ritual of officers serving their men Christmas dinner was recently marked at HM Naval Base Clyde.
The Captain didn’t mind being demoted for the day:
“It was great to see so many sailors and marines get into the festive spirit.
“There were lots of cheerful people and some outstanding Christmas jumpers on display.
“The occasion also gave us time to reflect on the tremendous sacrifice being made by members of the Armed Forces deployed around the globe who will be separated from their loved ones this Christmas in order to help keep us safe.”
We’re sure that there are lots more stories of festive cheer being brought to the base, and we’d love to hear them.
Let us know your military Christmas traditions in the comments!