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See how the US military has celebrated Christmas at bases around the world

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  • The US military has thousands of troops stationed at hundreds of bases in dozens of countries around the world.
  • During the holiday season, service members at these outposts often look for ways to add some Christmas spirit.

When troops are deployed or stationed overseas during the holidays, they do everything they can to bring the Christmas spirit to their duty stations. Commands host special meals, decorate their bases, and conduct concerts or ceremonies to boost troop morale. 

In past years, many US bases around the world have decorated their respective facilities and prepared festive meals for the holiday. From Afghanistan to Kosovo, see how US troops stationed overseas have brought Christmas cheer to their bases.

Soldiers eat a Christmas dinner in Afghanistan.Members of the U.S. military eat Christmas dinner at the Resolute Support Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017.Members of the U.S. military eat Christmas dinner at the Resolute Support Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017.

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Troops walk past a snowman and illuminated tree in Kosovo.US Army soldiers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division, part of the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo (KFOR), walk past a Christmas tree and a synthetic snowman as they prepare their gear during a US military exercise in Camp Bondsteel, near the village of Sojevo, on December 21, 2014.US Army soldiers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division, part of the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo (KFOR), walk past a Christmas tree and a synthetic snowman as they prepare their gear during a US military exercise in Camp Bondsteel, near the village of Sojevo, on December 21, 2014.

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Soldiers decorate a base in Afghanistan.oldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) are socialise near decorations during a special meal on Christmas Day at a military base in Kabul on December 25, 2013.Soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) are socialise near decorations during a special meal on Christmas Day at a military base in Kabul on December 25, 2013.

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Troops walk past a Santa sign in Kyrgyzstan.US military personnel walk along their camp as they celebrate Christmas at a US base in Manas, 30 kms from Bishkek, on December 25, 2010. The Manas base in Kyrgyzstan is a major stop-off point for US operations into Afghanistan.US military personnel walk along their camp as they celebrate Christmas at a US base in Manas, 30 kms from Bishkek, on December 25, 2010. The Manas base in Kyrgyzstan is a major stop-off point for US operations into Afghanistan.

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Soldiers toast their drinks at a Christmas dinner in Iraq.U.S. Air Force Majors Marla Ferguson, from Whitehouse, Ohio, left, and Dorothy DeLeon, from Greenville, N.C., right, toast glasses of sparkling cider for Christmas at the military dining hall at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Dec. 25, 2009.U.S. Air Force Majors Marla Ferguson, from Whitehouse, Ohio, left, and Dorothy DeLeon, from Greenville, N.C., right, toast glasses of sparkling cider for Christmas at the military dining hall at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Dec. 25, 2009.

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Troops eat a Christmas meal in Afghanistan.US soldiers eat lunch on Christmas day at a military camp in Nuristan Province on December 25, 2009.US soldiers eat lunch on Christmas day at a military camp in Nuristan Province on December 25, 2009.

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A US service member dresses as Santa and handed out gifts in Afghanistan.A US soldier from the 101st Airborne dressed as Santa Claus hands out gifts at a combat outpost at the Sabari District Center on Christmas Day December 25, 2008 in Sabari District, Khost Province, Afghanistan.A US soldier from the 101st Airborne dressed as Santa Claus hands out gifts at a combat outpost at the Sabari District Center on Christmas Day December 25, 2008 in Sabari District, Khost Province, Afghanistan.

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Soldiers sing along at a base in Iraq.US Army handout picture released 27 December 2007 shows Lt. General Ray Odierno, commander of the Multi-National Corps - Iraq (C), singing Christmas songs with Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Patrol Base Hawkes in Arab Jbur, south of Baghdad, 25 December 2007US Army handout picture released 27 December 2007 shows Lt. General Ray Odierno, commander of the Multi-National Corps — Iraq (C), singing Christmas songs with Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Patrol Base Hawkes in Arab Jbur, south of Baghdad, on December 25, 2007.

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A soldier decorates a base in Iraq.Specialist Hernandez Lorie from the 4th Infantry Division of the US army sets lights on a Christmas decoration at her base in Tikrit, 180 Kilometers (110 miles) north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, 23 December 2003.Specialist Hernandez Lorie from the 4th Infantry Division of the US army sets lights on a Christmas decoration at her base in Tikrit, 180 Kilometers (110 miles) north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, 23 December 2003.

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This post was originally created by Caitlin Foster and published on December 21, 2018.

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