While I am not in favour of how NATO has structured this mission, I do have considerable admiration for our forces.
I wish them all well this Christmas and can only imagine how difficult it must be to be so far away.
As well, their families come to mind. Christmas can be a stressful time for many of us, but imagine trying to celebrate while worrying about the well being of a loved one. Imagine being in Canada, the spouse of soldier in Afghanistan, trying to create a lovely Christmas for your children, without Mom or Dad.
For a sense of who some of them are, go here.
I wish them all well and a very Merry Christmas.