oprah's favorite things

When the Oprah Winfrey Show was on the air, the best show hands down had to be her annual Oprah's "Favorite Things" episode. What else could turn hundreds of typically demure grown-ups into a crazed, shrieking, shaking, excited mess? Well, it's back! The media queen has resurrected the once-annual tradition for an OWN special, this time surprising a group of unsuspecting military spouses.

What a wonderful way to honor these families. The lucky audience members were chosen by friends in their communities. The look on their faces is priceless as they realize the subject of the show. A couple of women even go airborne. Among the gifts they took home: Elliptical machine, motorized bicycle, a hi-def TV, Jessica Simpson shoes, and a trip for two to Namale Resort & Spa in Fiji. Pretty awesome haul!

Needless to say, there were tears of joy. In fact, several of the women revealed that they had never been on a honeymoon and this would finally help them fulfill that longtime dream. Such a wonderful moment for these women and for viewers too. It makes me wish I could do something something for a military spouse (on a much, much smaller scale, of course). Most of us can't imagine the emotional toll of having a husband or wife fighting a deadly war. As far as I am concerned, they deserve a little special treatment, something that acknowledges that we know they are making huge sacrifices too.

The two-hour episode airs November 23 at 9 p.m. on OWN. Take a sneak peek at their shocked and delighted faces:

What are other ways we can honor military families?