A card simply saying thanks and Merry Christmas from a complete stranger was the nicest thing I got in a parcel. The idea that someone back home had gone to the time and trouble to do it really meant a lot.
Of course, it'd be nice to get the occasional thing outwith the holiday period - remember, a squaddie's not just for Christmas, he'll hang around 'til the New Year pissup's over as well.
I just put a parcel together for squaddies in Iraq/Afg, its organised by some lovely old dear somewhere and you drop off your parcel before 05 Dec at Police Stations or barracks or wherever all done by word of mouth). She (and a small army of helpers it seems) sends these all off to units serving abroad for Xmas so some of the lads on their chinstraps for Cristmas get a totally anonymous package to say "Thanks"! No surnames allowed and the package has to cost less than £10.
I think it's a great idea and I wish Id had a few of those. That it comes from someone you don't know back home really would have mede me feel appreciated. Which is good, as they won't feel too great about the British Public when they get home and some pompous civvy complains about them being in the swimming pool with a missing leg (sorry, thats a totally different rant!)
Anyway, this is whats in mine:
1 x FHM (soft porn, daughter was helping me choose!)
1 x Mens Health (for the Gym Queens)
1 x Arena (for the Ruperts)
2 x boxes posh nuts (always nuts at Christmas)
2 x boxes sugared almonds (see above)
3 x packs Haibo joo-joos (see above)
1 x box set of Morcambe and Wise Christmas Specials and films (always Eric and Ernie at Christmas)
1 x cuddly dog (my daughter's contribution - I didn't ask)
1 x Card saying thanks.
Probably a bit shite in terms of content, but I sent t in a mahoosive tupperware box with locking lid, so some squaddie will have a new gucci waterproof box to keep his field porn in! You can take the boy out of the Army etc etc...
(1) ticket home
(4) a buckshee phone card
(6) a decent book
( new music for bfbs they play the same cr@p every day out here.
(9) kit that actually works! (thanks hmg)
(10) a card saying thanks would be nice.
on telic 11 now and morale packages are the only things that keep me going it is going to be a long six months out here.