COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A military family got a huge surprise on Monday.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher McClendon serves in the Navy and his family didn't expect him home from Washington quite so soon.
He decide to surprise his little girls with his early arrival when they went to see Santa at Peachtree Mall on Saturday.
"Going to surprise my 5-year-old daughter because I haven't been home for a couple of months, and I'm about to go on deployment for eight months, so she's asking Santa for me to come home, so I'm coming home," he said.
The family was overjoyed that their Christmas wish was fulfilled.
"She's been asking him for months to come home for Christmas, and to see that just made my heart warm up," his wife Bailey McClendon said.
The family is very excited to spend the holidays together.