(MT. JULIET, Tenn.) -- Aaron Williams, a kindergartner from Mt. Juliet, Tenn., was surprised at his school Tuesday by his dad, a member of the U.S. Air Force, who dressed as Santa Claus, white beard and al.
Senior Airman Nicholas Williams is in the middle of a year-long deployment to South Korea, and 6-year-old Aaron thought his dad would not be home to celebrate Christmas. Then Tuesday morning, when Aaron and his classmates at Lakeview Elementary School gathered in the library, Santa Claus appeared, and a teacher asked who wanted to pull Santa's beard. It was Aaron who, by chance, raised his hand first.
"It took him a few times of tugging on the beard and it wasn't until it came off that he saw," Tiffany Brown, the school's assistant principal, told ABC News. "He stopped laughing and went into kind of awe and his first word was very clearly, 'Daddy.'"
"There wasn't a dry eye in the room," she added.
Williams will have 28 days at home with his family before returning to South Korea through May to complete his military tour, WKRN reports.
“I couldn’t ask for really anything more than to be home for Christmas,” Williams told the station.
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