MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – On Tuesday morning, a member of the U.S. Air Force surprised his kindergarten son at Lakeview Elementary School in Mt. Juliet.
Six-year-old Aaron Williams had been told his father, Senior Airman Nicholas Williams, would not be home for Christmas.
However, Airman Williams made the nearly 24-hour trek from South Korea, where he is stationed, to be home with his family over the holidays.
His wife Whitney was in on the surprise, telling Aaron his father would not be home for Christmas.
“He started actually crying when I told him that. He was really upset and I felt really bad, like a horrible mother for lying to him like that,” she told News 2.
So to surprise his son, Williams dressed as Santa Claus and showed up while Aaron’s class was in the library.
The librarian told the children this wasn’t the real Santa Claus and encouraged Aaron to pull the beard off of the imposter.
When Aaron realized it was his father, they embraced and the little boy exclaimed “Daddy!”
“I couldn’t ask for really anything more than to be home for Christmas,” Mr. Williams said.
Sr. Airman Williams is home for 28 days before returning to South Korea.
He will finish his year-long military tour in May.