The holidays can feel overwhelming, and that's just a fact. While yes, it's supposed to be a joyous season filled with all things cozy and calm, it's usually quite the opposite. The shopping! The consumerism! The absolute stress of the mall! But when it comes down to it, the holidays are really just about one thing: family. Not every family gets to spend Christmas together...which means creative measures need to be taken in order to still feel close.
Meet Andrea and Andrew Smith.
They’re a North Carolina-based couple, and they’re a proud military family. Currently, Andrew is deployed.
So the couple decided to think outside the box when it came to their Christmas card.
Now that is an amazing Christmas card!
Photographed by Leslie Owen, the photo is all sorts of adorable. But, as Owen points out, it also sheds some serious light on military families during the holidays and the sacrifices they make.
Even though the three of them could not be together during the holidays, Smith knew she wanted to find a way to incorporate her husband into the card.
Especially because it meant that Andrew could be in a photo with their 3-year-old daughter, Charlotte.
Smith told TODAY, “I would love to have him home for the holidays, and I know it’s not possible this year. But this card gives him a chance to be part of our Christmas.”
We’re not crying, you’re crying!
Last year, even though he had been deployed, Andrew managed to make it home two days before Christmas.
This year, however, it just wasn’t in the cards for them.
Smith explained, “Charlotte kept saying, ‘Santa brought you home.’ So when we knew he was going to be gone again this year and there was no chance he’d be back in time, my daughter told my husband, ‘All I really want you to be is safe.'”
Someone please pass us the tissues.
It was actually the photographer's idea to feature Smith and Charlotte in their favorite store--Target.
And thanks to Photoshop, they now have an adorable Christmas card with all three of them.
Unsurprisingly, the photo touched tons of people and went viral…