A recent Facebook post has been helping working military and first responder families continue their Christmas traditions.
After finding out that her husband would be working on Christmas morning, Stephanie Lynn was left feeling sad and conflicted. However, she soon realized that there are many American families that wouldn’t be able to celebrate Christmas on December 25th. First responders, military families, medical professionals, many working professionals are needed on Christmas day — in order to help support our country.
For this reason, Lynn crafted a beautiful letter from Santa. In it, she has him explain to the children that he would be able to make a special trip to deliver their gifts. That way, their families would be able to spend Christmas together.
In her Facebook post , Lynn explains how difficult the holidays can be for military and first responder families. “Juggling shift work…on-call hours, deployments, TDYs, etc. and ‘normal’ holiday events can get quite hectic,” she wrote. “And no matter what, our amazing kids just push on through, sharing their parent(s) with us all.”
She continues, “I typed up a letter from Santa Claus, just for these special kids, and wanted to share it with y’all, just in case.’
In Santa’s letter, she writes, “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. “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.”
Since posting her letter on Facebook Lynn has received an outreach of requests for alternative versions of the letter. From parent’s of all professions who are in a similar dilemma.
She has generously created several versions for pilots and flight crews, medical professionals, divorced families, and even one for general use.
Share this article if you have working friends or family members who might need to change their Christmas date due to their occupation.
And remember that Christmas is more than just a box on the calendar, it’s “a feeling we keep in our hearts.”