Put the troops on your Christmas shopping list!

Generosity is a major component of Christmas, and though it comes in many forms (mostly in gift-form), giving back to the community is a rather productive way to show just how generous you are.

With that in mind, this year I am planning on giving back to the troops.  There are plenty of ways to donate to the military, with some sites simply asking for enough money to cover postage for letters!  You can write letters, sponsor care packages, or even make your own.  And if you choose this latter option, you’ll also have the opportunity to be a bit creative.

Oh sure, the basics are important in creating a care package: soap, blankets, etc.,  but what about something special in there as well?  A letter showing your appreciation, a St. Michael or St. Christopher medal to keep them safe, even maybe a game!

Sending off a care package or donating online to the troops definitely raises a bit of suspicion at times: how can you be assured your gift actually reached the troops?  Well, mycatholicblog suggests sticking to well-established organizations, like the USO or soldiersangels.org.  And yes, your donations are often received anonymously, but that’s sort of the point of generosity, really: to give without expecting anything in return.

The troops do it for us all year round.  The very least we can do is give back during the holiday season.

Catholic Military Gifts

We all owe anybody who has served time for our country more than we could ever offer. If you have a loved one who has given their time and effort to protect our country’s freedom than they certainly deserve a nice gift from you. Whether you are shopping for a father, mother, son daughter, or friend you cannot go wrong with piece of Catholic military jewelry. There is quite a variety of different Catholic military gifts to wear that honors our troops. Jewelry for the Navy, the Army, the National Guard, the Coast Guard, the Marines, and the Air Force are all available in many different forms and makes. Options for these different divisions of national protection include dog tags, crucifixes, Miraculous medals, and patron saint medals. If you choose to get your loved one a medallion the piece can definitely be engraved to add a nice touch to the gift and make it unique to its owner.

A very nice gift choice that your loved one will absolutely cherish is a walnut crucifix. They make these crucifixes specialized for the Marines, the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force. The crucifix is wooden and was hand carved and made special for this purpose. On top of the wooden cross lays a sterling silver version of Jesus. The detail that went in to the creation of the sterling silver Jesus is outstanding and really adds to the beauty of the piece. The medallion on the cross underneath Christ is what makes this a great gift for somebody who has served time. The sterling silver medals that are on these crosses are made with the crest of whatever military division you would like on there out of the options stated above. This really adds to the meaning of this crucifix and can be a big deal for somebody who has served time.

Any patron saint medal always makes for an excellent gift when you are shopping for anybody. The thing is that you aren’t just shopping for anybody though, you are shopping for a very important person who risked their life to defend a country. That is why there are only two patron saint medals you should consider for anybody who has served time for our country. Saint Michael and Saint Christopher both have medals with their image on them that are specifically made for somebody who was in the armed forces. Are you wondering why Saint Michael and Saint Christopher? Well, let me clear that all up for you. Saint Michael was the archangel who took a leadership role for heaven when Satan attacked and tried to wreak havoc all over them. Heaven, of course, was victorious in their endeavors and fought them off. This is why Saint Michael is known as the great protector. Saint Christopher unknowingly carried Christ through a very dangerous river to safety. Christopher helped a small boy, who he did not know at all cross a river. He carried the boy and felt an unreal weight on his shoulders. This was later revealed to be the weight of all the world and its troubles, also known as what Jesus feels every day. Jesus told Christopher who he was when they crossed the river and disappeared immediately. Any member of the armed forces is out there bearing the weight of our country on their back every day they are away from home. This is similar to Saint Christopher so that is why he is also a great patron saint medal to pick up for somebody who has served.

Miraculous medals are always very beautiful, and are special to receive in any situation. The specialized military Miraculous medals are no exception to that rule either. With several different versions of this medal to choose from you can pick out a medal that best suits your loved one. All of military Miraculous medals feature some form of red, white, and blue and can be engraved if you so wish.

These products are all excellent ideas for a gift and you should not hesitate to get one for your loved one who has served time for our great country. This article should help you on your way to finding the perfect gift for whoever you happen to be shopping for. If you didn’t find something here, a site that has a great military gifts section is The Catholic Gift Shop.