I'm looking for help from parents of A-split midshipmen who have already been through at least one "sea term". Specifically, I'd like to hear about how you handled Christmas celebrations. We're planning on having a famlly dinner before he leaves and giving him his Christmas gifts then (most all of them are things he needs/wants for his sea term anyway), but I'd like to hear what others have done, especially about celebrating the day itself. Did you send a box of special "treats", (candies and cookies that will survive packing and mailing reasonably well)? How can this be accomplished? If we send a package to the ship, to be held for him until Christmas, to whom would we send it? If any of you have done this, how was it received by your cadet? (Some cadets might find it difficult to be reminded of home, and prefer to just pass the day the way the ship's company 'normally' does.) Any experiences or suggestions that you have would be welcome; please help!