I took the picture above while I was bored, waiting in line at the post office at Bagram Air Field, here in Afghanistan.
Just like in the states, the lines at the post office are getting longer as the holidays approach.
There’s only one main post office to serve the thousands of people that use Bagram to send and receive mail. You would think that tensions run high as people start getting impatient, but in the military, we’re a bit more civil to each other than in civilian life. (Besides, everybody on Bagram carries a gun, so no one ever starts any trouble. Guns and the post office don’t mix!)
I don’t have any presents to mail to anyone from Afghanistan. Most of the trinkets I could buy at the bazaar are nice, but I wouldn’t consider them Christmas-gift worthy. It would be easier for me to just order something online so I don’t have to worry about shipping anything to anyone.
Everyone asks me what I’d like for Christmas. Honestly I don’t need anything (except a plane ticket home.) Still, well-wishers from around the world like to send care packages and other goodies through the mail during this time of year. We enjoy receiving them, but often receive so many that we simply don’t have any space to put them. (Office and living space are premium here in the stan.)
So, if you’re thinking about sending care packages as gifts to military members, please consider offering gift cards instead … they take up less space, which is a gift in itself to someone in the ‘stan!