Soldiers prepare for Christmas in Afghanistan

Soldiers prepare for Christmas in Afghanistan GMT, Wednesday, 23 December 2009
By Sima Kotecha
Newsbeat reporter
British soldiers are preparing for Christmas 3,500 miles away from home in Afghanistan
She was wearing figure-hugging black leggings and furry boots, her long blonde hair flowing down her back. Suddenly, he appeared.

In desert brown combats and carrying his heavy backpack he walked through the arrival gate at RAF Brize Norton. She screamed with delight and they kissed. A soldier was home for Christmas.

Three and a half thousand miles away at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province British troops are preparing for a very different festive season. Afghanistan isn't a country you think of when it comes to Christmas, after all there are no trees and snow.

Nurse Private Rachel Pritchard is in the choir at Bastion. She's just sung a rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas.

"It means a lot," she said. "Obviously we can't be home for Christmas, but we need to make it Christmassy for the guys who come into the ward. We've pulled together and we make a really good team."

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