Holidays are a time for Family and friends to gather together, but part of Army life means that is not always possible. To help Families and Soldiers who cannot make it home, organizations across Fort Campbell will be hosting events throughout December to celebrate the season.
Home for the Holidays
Campbell Crossing will host four Home for the Holidays events from 4 until 6 p.m. at each of the neighborhood commons. Pierce Village will be Dec. 6, Hammond Heights will be Dec. 8, Werner Park will be Dec. 13 and Woodlands will be Dec 15.
“Campbell Crossing hosts these events to provide our residents the opportunity to get out and get to know one another, as well as their community staff,” said John Bredehoeft, project director for Campbell Crossing. “Home for the Holidays specifically provides a chance for our residents to enjoy time with their Families to celebrate the holidays and enjoy a fun evening out with one another. We recognize not all our Families can go home for the holidays or travel to see their friends and Family, so we enjoy being able to bring them a little holiday cheer right here at their home away from home.”
The events are open to Campbell Crossing residents and their Families, who will have the opportunity to get their photo taken with Santa while Mrs. Claus decorates cookies. They also can make holiday crafts with the elves. There will be Christmas music, movies and snacks. Holiday cards will be available for participants to write to those currently deployed overseas.
“This year is fun because we have a new team who has volunteered their time to share what has worked in the past and is bringing new ideas to the table this year,” Bredehoeft said. “We keep everything holiday-themed, but make sure we are inclusive for all ages, religions and lifestyles. There will be some new things, but some things you expect when you are home for the holidays. This is Campbell Crossing’s opportunity to bring Families together and make them feel at home when they may have to be separated during this season.”
There will also be raffles for board games and Christmas movie baskets.
The Robert. F. Sink Library will host its annual Holiday Happening from 5 until 7 p.m. Dec. 4. The event will feature a special holiday storytime, caroling, 101st Airborne Division Band, refreshments and a special visitor.
“This is a great way for Families to get together and enjoy the holiday season and sing some carols and do some fun crafts and just do some things together,” said Jackie Downs, Reference librarian. “We are here for everyone in the Fort Campbell community and if we can provide some entertainment for everyone, we want everyone to enjoy themselves when they come to this event.”
In addition to the Holiday Happening, Downs said all the story times in December are holiday themed and the children will get a chance to learn about the various ways the winter holiday season is celebrated.
Kids Winter Workshop
Guenette Arts and Crafts Center will host two holiday events.
Kids Winter Workshop from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at Guenette, is for ages 12 and younger to work on crafts including painting ornaments, pouring guest soaps, creating bubble print cards, mixing hot cocoa and painting mini canvases.
“Kids go from station to station just doing little art projects,” said Shawn Gould, Guenette business manager. “We try to get more kids involved. Arts and crafts – a lot of places don’t have them anymore. We try to get the kids involved and keep their minds active with creative stuff. We’re fighting in a world now where it’s all about video games so we’re trying to keep this side of the house still alive and keep people’s minds still creative.”
Also hosted by Guenette, Canvas Creations from 1 until 3 p.m. and from 4 until 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at Cole Park Commons is for children ages 16 and older.
“They’re going to be painting the canvases,” said Lannette Foster, MWR marketing. “The canvas they’re going to be doing is absolutely beautiful.”
The painting is of a winter forest scene, with cardinals perched on bare branches and a snowy background, Foster said.
For many Families, half the fun of the season is shopping for presents. To accommodate Families, Fort Campbell Leisure Travel Services is hosting a bus trip to Cool Springs Galleria Dec. 10.
“It’s just to kind of give the military Families the chance to get out to the major malls that they may not think about going to, or they may not have reliable transportation to get that far,” said Mignon Wood, Leisure Travel Services manager.
The bus fare is $15 per person and there are 20 spaces available. The will leave from the Exchange parking lot at 9 a.m. and return around 5 p.m. Wood said there will be more than enough space for presents and passengers on the return ride.
“I chose that mall because it’s a really nice mall. It’s a little further out but they do have one of those American Girl stores now, which is very popular with little girls,” Wood said.
Families interested in the shopping trip must sign up with Leisure Travel Services beforehand as seating is limited. For more information, call 270-798-7436.
For more events, visit www.campbell.armymwr.com.
The following are events planned at Fort Campbell during the holiday season:
•Tree Lighting: 5:15 p.m. Nov. 30 at the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters, McAuliffe Hall
•Trees for Troops: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Dec. 3 at the Division Parade Field
•Canvas Creations: 3-8 p.m., Dec. 3 at Cole Park Commons
•Kids Winter Workshop: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Dec. 3 at Guenette Arts and Crafts Center
•Gingerbread House making: 1:30-4 p.m., Dec. 4 at D.W. Recreation Center
•BOSS Holiday Lunch: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Dec. 6 at Cole Park Commons
•Holiday Happening: 5-7 p.m., Dec. 7 at the R.F. Sink Library
•Shake it with Santa: 10:30 a.m. – noon Dec. 10 at ESTEP Wellness Center
•Holiday shopping: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Dec. 10 with a bus trip to Cool Springs Galleria
•Breakfast with Santa: 9 a.m. – noon, Dec. 17 at Cole Park Commons
New Year’s Eve Party: 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., Dec. 31 at Hooper Bowling Center.
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