In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Santa Claus has given a child the best Christmas gift ever. First-grader Khamory Gipson’s Christmas wish was to have a chance to feel his dad’s presence for the holidays. His dad, 1st Lt. Shamory Gipson was in military training during the last six months in Hawaii.

“I miss my daddy in Hawaii. Santa I want my dad to come home,” Khamory told Santa Claus.

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To the child’s astonishment, his father stepped out to meet him for a surprise homecoming.

His dad said, “He was shocked and he was like, Is that him? Or another Skype? He didn't know what to believe, how to react. But we'll have a lot of fun the rest of the time I am here.”

The little boy was asked if it was the greatest gift he could have received. He simply said, “Yes.”

Father and son were promptly joined by Khamory's mother, Kimberly Gipson. "A lot of mixed emotions. It’s a lot. My biggest thing was for the boys and especially Khamory because him and his dad are so close," she said.

Next year Lt. Shamory Gipson will be deployed to Afghanistan, so the family will be making the most of this holiday season together. When asked what he wanted for Christmas, Lt. Gipson simply replied, “My family. That’s it. Nothing else.”

Merry Christmas, everyone!