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I'll Be Home for Christmas

The holidays can be tough for military families when a loved one is serving overseas, especially when young children are missing a parent. This afternoon, three siblings were visiting with Santa Claus, when another one of their heroes walked through the door.
A Christmas surprise to remember. "To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall, now dash away, dash away, dash away all." Santa Claus recites one of the seasonal favorites "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," but tomorrow night he won't be able to read to the three little ones on his lap, so he called in reinforcements.

"Daddy!" Sergeant Rodney Bond was able to make it home to his children for Christmas. "I've been waiting on this day for a long time." Sgt. Bond has been in the Army National Guard for 12 years and most recently served a ten month stint in Kuwait. "In the last two years I've been 20 months overseas. So it's time to spend time with them now. I'm done with the desert for now." Serving in the military takes toughness, physically, and mentally. But holding back a surprise right before Christmas will test anyone's nerves. "My heart was beating fast definitely. My legs was shaking. I was just ready to get in I almost didn't wait at the door like they asked so I was just coming in."
The holidays embody the spirit of giving and togetherness, but for kids it's also about the presents. "It's going to be exciting for them I know because they got everything they wanted." And now with their dad home they have everything they want under the tree and around the tree, almost.

"Of all the presents you asked for, what's the best present you're going to get for Christmas," the little boy was asked.

"A BB gun shotgun," said Sgt. Bond's son.

"You can't compete with the BB gun shotgun, I'm sorry."

"I don't even try anymore," said Sgt. Bond.

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