As a military spouse, one mom had to come up with a clever way to explain to her children that Christmas would be different this year.
Stephanie Lynn drafted a nifty letter from Santa Claus to give to her kids and shared the post on Facebook for parents working on the holiday.
For families who may be beating themselves up for putting in hours on Christmas Day, Lynn offered a solution for those who love seeing their children’s face light up with excitement while opening long-awaited presents.
The mother was confronted with this predicament when she discovered her husband was scheduled to work through the holiday. In a viral post shared over 50,000 times. The Facebook user encouraged working families to not let their schedule ruin the magic for children.
Instead, give kids a letter from Kris Kringle and let them know that this year, Santa has set up alternative delivery dates.
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In the letter, addressed to kids of first responders and military families, Santa writes:
Did you know I make other, special trips for children just like you?
I know sometimes your mom or dad can’t be home on Christmas Day because they’re working – keeping us safe and healthy.
Christmas is about family, and even though your mom or dad will be working hard on the 25th, I want your whole family to have a very special Christmas morning – together.
The heartwarming letter struck a chord with many families facing the same dilemma. Commenters in similar situations wrote:
Thank you so much for this. I have been really struggling with having to work on Christmas day (nurse) but this letter makes it feel a bit easier.
This is amazing!! What a great idea. I made my own letter one year when presents arrived on Christmas Eve morning. Thank you!!
This made me cry! But what about one for police officers!!!
Lynn’s letter gained so much popularity that she decided to draft more letters for divorced families, medical professionals, pilots and airline crews, and one just for general use.
She even uploaded the links for families to download from her Facebook page.