LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- The Crittenden family has been hosting army trainees from Fort Knox at their Jeffersontown home for years. They say what better way to share the real spirit of Christmas then by welcoming soldiers who can not go home for Christmas into their home for a good meal?
Tsinue Vue, 20, of Wassau, Wisconsin and Ray Teichman, 21, of Henderson, Nevada, are both one many of Fort Knox soldiers who are spending Christmas far away from their families.
"It's challenging, the hardest part is missing family." Vue said.
Mike and Nancy Crittenden understand the struggle. That's why they welcomed the soldiers into their home for Christmas dinner. For them it's personal.
"Having been a soldier myself for 26 years, and spending several Christmases away from family overseas....Vietnam and Germany. I know what it's like to be away for family." Mike Crittenden said.
"Christ died for us, and we're supposed to show love, so why not have somebody over that doesn't have their home to go to?" Nancy Crittenden said.
As Christmas dinner is cooked, Nancy Crittenden named some of the Christmas goodies bubbling away in the oven and on the stove top
"We're having turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes" She said.
"This is more than I could have ever expected" Teichman said as he watched dinner being prepared Saturday afternoon.
Vue and Teichman said being in the Crittenden household for Christmas dinner feels like home, away from home.
"I really do feel all the love." Teichman said
"It's made it a really memorable experience."
As the table was set, and after heartfelt prayer went out among the guests, Vue, Teichman and others piled their plates high with food.
Teichman said he hoped to walk away from dinner with
"...a lot of friends and an extension of my family. I think that's what I'm going to get out of this. I really appreciate all of this."
"I'm so grateful for the experience," Vue said.