I have always been a sucker for the heartwarming videos of military parents or spouses surprising their family members and coming home unannounced. But there is one that caught my eye this holiday season, and for good reason.

Rob Stella has been enlisted in the Navy for 23 years and was on his very last deployment. He was expected to return home this week, but received news that he would be returning a few days earlier.

He informed his wife of his early return and they decided to give their three children an early Christmas gift during their holidays pictures. Their reactions totally melted my heart!

If this doesn't prove what the Christmas season is truly about, I'm not quite sure I know what does.

Happy holidays to you and your family!