Curious to Learn Santa’s Take on the Holiday Spirit? Read His Thoughts Here, Dahlgren Residents!

The tree is trimmed, the presents are wrapped, and as we take a moment to reflect on the holiday season, we can't help but wonder: What is the holiday spirit all about, anyway? Is it about Black Friday sales and parties? Or perhaps something a little more poignant? There's only one person we'd trust with the answer, so we wrote a letter to Santa Claus, mailed it to the North Pole, and when it came back, this is what it said:

Dear Dahlgren residents and staff,

Santa Claus here. My postmaster elf just handed me your letter, and while your note is just one of billions I've received this season, I decided yours was worthy of an immediate reply. The reason why, you see, is due to the very nature of your letter. Instead of unfurling yet another wish list, I was delighted to read a letter pertaining to a topic very near and dear to me: the true meaning of the holiday season.

I'm sitting here in my favorite chair by the roaring fireplace, thinking about your question, but even after three helpings of cookies and milk from Mrs. Claus, I'm afraid I don't have a simple answer for you. That's because the holiday spirit is different to everyone, and take it from someone who knows, there are a lot of people in this world. For one person, the spirit of the season might be about recreating Grandma's holiday sugar cookie recipe and reminiscing about days past, while someone else might find joy in donating to the less fortunate. I'd imagine that for military families living at Dahlgren, the season might be about spending as much time as possible with loved ones. In other words, the true holiday spirit is whatever warms your heart, Dahlgren residents and staff, but it's up to you to decide just what that might be. Hopefully you'll find that whatever "it" is, it can't be unwrapped.

Ho ho ho,

Santa Claus

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