Watch Moment Family Asks Little Boy on Christmas To Join Their Family Forever

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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.

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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?”

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.”

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“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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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
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With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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