Christmas has come to mean many things to many people, but in general, we tend to think of family, food and fun as being major components of the season.
Some are not so fortunate. For some people, the holidays bring disappointment, a renewed sense of loss or the realization that they don’t have what others do.
Ethan Kirby documented and posted a video of one of his cousins opening a Christmas present. That seems pretty straightforward until you read the caption Kirby put with the clip.
“Today we gave the best Christmas Present to our cousin who has never experienced a (sic) actual Christmas… worth a watch.”
Over 500,000 people have agreed that it was “worth a watch,” and the video has swept up hearts and caused more than a few teary outbursts from viewers.
Aside from this being 11-year-old Carter Wyles’ first real Christmas, the gift is what makes this video so wonderful, as it promises that this will be the first Christmas of many.
As Carter opens up the present, he is urged to first unwrap a framed family photo. After examining it, he gets to a letter, which he reads out loud.
“This is our most recent picture of our family,” he can be heard saying, “All of us would love for you to be in the next picture and to be part of our family. Carter would you like to be a Kiphart and be our son and brother?”
Today we gave the best Christmas Present to our cousin who has never experienced a actual Christmas… worth a watch pic.twitter.com/F0WfkiLzBn
— Ethan Kirby (@KIRBSKEY) December 25, 2018
He doesn’t make it through the letter without breaking down as he realizes the implications. He immediately gets a hug as he attempts to fight the tears to say how thankful he is.
A man (presumably his soon-to-be dad) laughs in the background, and then says “What do you think, buddy? We’re going to adopt you, Carter.”
The same man can be heard joking in the background that he can stay “forever” until he’s 18, and then he’s getting kicked out — but the affection is clear as he affirms that “we love you, buddy.”
This special note is behind a life-changing Christmas surprise for one little boy. He got this gift from family outside Lancaster – part of a video that’s gone viral. Meet Carter & family at 11 on @wsyx6 pic.twitter.com/Xkd1jopp5b
— Haley Nelson (@HaleyWSYX6) December 27, 2018
“The adoption process for an outside family was starting and that was a really, really hard thing for us to accept, and know that this might have been the last time that we were ever going to see Carter,” said Leah Kiphart, his aunt, according to WSYX. “(We) felt that it was really important for us to keep him in the family.
“A lot of people talk about how lucky he is, we are just as fortunate to have him join our family,” she continued. “He is a good, good kid.”
“It made me feel good that other people can enjoy … like my happiness and my family’s happiness,” the boy said.
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