Dad has duty on Christmas — so this military spouse turned to Santa for help

Elizabeth Howe
December 19, 2018 - 9:34 am

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Military spouse Stephanie Davisson knew that if anyone could help her explain why the family had to celebrate Christmas a day early, it was Santa.

Davisson and her active duty husband, stationed at Fort Hood, Tx., knew they faced a dilemma when his work schedule with the Army's Criminal Investigation Division looked like it would run through Christmas. Rather than wake up early to open presents before work hours, the Davisson's decided they would just need to celebrate a different day. 

“I wanted to do something where we could all have Christmas together, I didn't’t want to have to get up Christmas morning and my husband leave in the middle of opening gifts,” Davisson told “So we just decided we were going to do Christmas on a different day.”

This is easier said than done, however, when an 8-year-old is involved.

Davisson needed a way to explain how the family could celebrate Christmas on the 24th — when everyone knows Santa doesn't deliver presents until late that night. 

Who better to help, Davisson decided, than Santa Claus himself.

Davisson created a letter straight from the desk of Santa Claus, complete with certified stamp and signature, explaining Santa's "alternative delivery dates" for a "special group of kids" — the kids of military members and first responders. 

"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."

The letter includes checkboxes for different dates so families can choose their "alternative delivery date" and ends by thanking military and first responder kids for "sharing your moms and dads with us all when we need them most."

Davisson never expected her letter to catch on the way it has — her original Facebook post about it now has 58,000 shares. In response, Davisson drafted additional letters for the children of medical professionals, pilots, airline crew, and divorced families.

Download a PDF version of the original letter here.

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