While many families will celebrate Christmas on December 25, a number of military families are faced with the reality that they'll spend the holiday apart.
Facebook user Stephanie Lynn has shared a special letter from Santa to the children of these families, which aims to remind kids that Christmas is about family, regardless of the day you celebrate.
"A jolly greeting to you from the North Pole! Christmas is fast approaching, and we're all hard at work preparing for the big night! You surely know that every December 25th I visit children around the world, spreading holiday cheer. But did you know I make other, special trips for children just like you?
I've only sent this message to a special group of kids around the world - 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. 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.
With that in mind, my elves helped me set up a few special deliveries just for you.
Always remember, Christmas isn't about a box on the calendar, but the feeling we keep in our hearts. Thank you for being such great children, and sharing your moms and dads with us all when we need them the most."
NORAD, which tracks Santa's annual journey across North America, has also issued a message about special Christmas dates.
"After our radars and satellites track Santa on his Yuletide journey on December 24, NORAD jet fighters escort him through Canada and the U.S. airspace as he visits the homes of each girl and boy.
But, did you know that there are some occasions where families celebrate Christmas under special circumstances? Sometimes a mom or dad, or other family members cannot be at home on Christmas Day. In these cases Santa makes arrangements to ensure that family and friends can be together and share the spirit of Christmas together.
While NORAD does not report on these "out of the ordinary" visits - they are no less special than the date of December 24."
Want Santa to send a letter to your child? Here's a quick list of letters Stephanie has compiled for different professions.
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