Army Staff Sergeant Nathan Nenninger was on his way home and wanted to give his three kids the best present they could ever receive: himself.
Nathan was back from Afghanistan and had not seen his wife and children in almost an entire year.
“The kids didn’t really have a full understanding of how long he was going to be gone,” his wife Jessica explains. “We did tell them that Daddy was going to be gone with the Army for a while.”
Nine months later, Nathan was ready to surprise his kids with his homecoming. Jessica thought that instead of opening regular gifts, their children could rip open a life-size box with their dad in it.
It was to be a memory the Nenninger kids would never forget.
Soon, the big day came and the surprise was all set. A tall, festive box sat in the middle of the living room, ready to be opened.
“What is it?” someone asks the three Nenninger kids. One of Nathan and Jessica’s adorable daughters runs toward the box with an excited giggle.
“Were you guys extra good?” Jessica asks. “Did Santa bring an early present?”
“It’s magical,” she continues. “Why don’t we count to three and see what’s in it?”
One… two… three… surprise!
Out of the red and white striped box pops their dad, smiling from ear to ear.
The children scream and laugh, amazed at who is standing in a box before them. They all crowd around the cardboard encasing their father.
The Nenningers are all smiles, grateful to spend the holidays together again.
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