Few things online are as reliably heartwarming as viral videos of returning soldiers surprising their loved ones with their returns. It’s like a miniaturized “whodunit” for the internet, only you start out knowing the big twist, and relish in watching someone’s world get a lot brighter at the end.
And dang it, the genre keeps evolving. The latest to get attention was when two boys, aged 7 and 5, went to visit Santa at the mall. When he asked what they wanted, their response was to have their deployed dad home in time for Christmas. Of course, you know how this ends, or this story would never have been written. No sooner had the boys asked for their dad as their Christmas wish did Santa point them to an inconspicuously large gift near the tree. The dad was inside.
— Erin Murray Bay News 9 (@emurray1) December 10, 2019
It’s a pretty epic way to return home after 8 months, especially when the crowd of onlookers applauds as he embraces his boys.
The dad called the moment ‘priceless’ and the boy told a local news station he knew Santa would deliver and called it the ‘best day ever.’