Christmas may have come and gone but there is still magic to marvel at from this joyous holiday, like the magic that granted the wish of a little girl who only wanted her soldier father back for the holidays.

Bethany Arnold’s class got a visit from Santa Claus this past holiday. He brought toys and goodies that everyone of her classmates asked for, except it seems for little Bethany.

The only gift she asked for in her letter to Santa was to have her father, Wyndall Arnold, home for the holidays. He’s an electrical contractor working on Iraq’s badly needed infrastructure and she’s only seen him for a couple of weeks in the last two years.

It turns out that Santa was listening after all. Watch the touching video below, featuring a surprise you won’t see coming.

[via Digg, CBS News]