During this holiday season, it’s important to take a little bit of time to think of those who won’t be able to spend time with their own families. This can be because of a variety of reasons, but one of those is having a parent who is deployed in the military.
This situation is difficult, of course, for the person who is deployed. They are far away from their families, possibly overseas. They may be spending Christmas or the holidays in a dangerous situation. They are most certainly missing their families back home.
It’s also hard for those who are at home, especially the children. As adults, we understand that if our loved one is deployed, they are doing everything they can to keep all of us safe. We miss them, but we appreciate their sacrifice, even if that means that there is an empty spot at the dinner table.
But, it is difficult for a small child to understand why their parent is missing on such an important day. This can make a child very sad, so much so that they may reach out to the one person they think can help—Santa Claus.
Kensley Penney’s dad had been deployed in Afghanistan for nine months when the Christmas season rolled around. Hoping to convince Santa to bring him home, she sang her song “Santa Baby, bring Daddy home to me,” sung to the tune of Eartha Kitt’s iconic holiday tune “Santa Baby.”
I have to admit that watching Kelsey ask for her father absolutely broke my heart. She could have asked for toys or something else, but she only wanted her daddy. Fortunately, in this instance, Santa was able to deliver! Have the tissues ready when you watch this video!
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