Teacher Sits On Santa's Lap Clueless Of His Tear-Jerking Identity Until He Pulls Down Beard
Joshua Patton 11/21/2018
One of the most important things about the holidays is that it gives families an excuse to get together, even if they've been apart for a long time. As we head into the holiday season this year, let's look back like Ghosts of Christmas Past to really get into that spirit.
Most folks get time off for the winter holidays, at the very least on Christmas and New Year's Days. Yet, not everyone gets to enjoy the holidays if their jobs require them to be on duty. Police officers, firefighters, nurses, doctors, and, of course, members of the United States military.
The war in Afghanistan is the longest American military conflict in history, and that means that for 18 Christmases, soldiers had to be away from their families. So, when one comes home for the holidays, it's very special.
Specialist Ethan Harris did a tour in Afghanistan as part of the storied 101st Airborne Division, also known as the "Screaming Eagles" because of their patch.
After spending more than a year training for deployment and actually over in the hostile theater, it was time for Spc. Harris to return home. However, since it was around Christmas time, his father wanted to surprise his mother.
So, in concert with her colleagues at work, Spc. Harris showed up in a very different uniform than the one he is used to.
Spc. Harris's mother, Kim Harris, is a math teacher at Prairie Heights High School. A dedicated educator, she cares for her students, even when it's tough. As any mother would, she feared for her son. So, despite the deception, she knew Spc. Harris was back in the United States.
The staff of Prairie Heights High School has a holiday breakfast on the Friday before the Christmas break. At that gathering, they have a lottery and a person dressed up as Santa Claus.
Only this year, the lottery was rigged. At the start of the breakfast, Superintendent Alan Middleton called her name.