THE tradition of sending Christmas boxes to our troops originated in 1914 when Princess Mary, the daughter of King George V, came up with the idea to provide everyone wearing the King’s uniform and serving overseas on Christmas Day with a “gift from the nation”.

Operation Christmas Box, formerly uk4u Thanks!, has continued that tradition and sends boxes around the world to all on-duty Armed Forces personnel overseas who will be away from their families and friends on Christmas Day.

Operation Christmas Box would like your help to produce a unique Christmas card for the 2019 Christmas Box.

There are four categories – up to five years old; six-to-11 years old; 12-to-16 years old; and 17 years old and over.

The closing date for entries is 31 March 2019 and the prizes will be sent early in 2020.

Send your entries to Operation Christmas Box, The Teasel Barn, Belluton, Pensford, North East Somerset BS39 4JJ or email

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