If there’s one day every year that families should be together, it’s Christmas, isn’t it? Something about the season of thanks and giving, love and joy, it only makes sense that you would celebrate with the ones you love.
Unfortunately, that’s not always the reality for thousands of families whose mom, dad, or loved ones have to work over the Christmas holiday.
When Virginia mom, Stephanie Lynn, learned that her military husband would be working on Christmas day, she crafted up a beautiful way for her family to still get to spend the holiday together. And the internet cannot get enough of it!
In a special letter from Santa that has now gone viral, the mother of two explains to kids of military and first responder families that Christmas will be happening a different way this year.
“I know sometimes your mom or dad can’t be home on Christmas Day because they’re working – keeping us safe and healthy,” the letter reads. “I want your whole family to have a very special Christmas morning – together.”
“With that in mind,” it continues, “my elves have helped me set up a few special deliveries just for you.”
The letter then has a list of alternative dates which can be checked off by “Santa” himself to denote when he will be stopping by.
Stephanie says that no matter how “hectic” the holiday season can get, these kids of military and first responder families “push through” and share their parent(s) with everyone else.
“Always remember, Christmas isn’t about a box on the calendar, but the feeling we keep in our hearts,” Santa writes. “Thank you for being such great children, and sharing your moms and dads with us all when we need them the most.”
After first posting the letter to Facebook on December 11th, Stephanie was inundated with requests for other letters just like this one. She’s since created a letter for kids of medical professionals, pilots and flight crews, divorced families, and even a general letter that can be used for anyone else who may find themselves or a spouse working on Christmas day.
In response to her popular letters going viral, NORAD, the popular Santa tracker even put out a special announcement about Christmas, saying that while NORAD does not report on these “out of the ordinary” circumstances, they are no less special than the date of December 24th.
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Stephanie says she hopes the letters are a blessing to others who can benefit from them this holiday season.
“Merry Christmas- whatever day that may be for your family!” she writes.