Colorado military family in viral Christmas card reunited after 6 months' deployment

Posted at 10:57 AM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-02 13:00:12-05

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The military family behind a creative Christmas card that went viral over the holidays last year was reunited Wednesday after more than six months.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon Sistrunk was greeted by his wife, Ashley, and four children Wednesday in Colorado Springs after 6 ½ months of deployment in Iraq.



A video posted by Ashley Sistrunk (@ashley_sistrunk) on

The family’s holiday card spread across the internet in December. Ashley had a friend take a picture of her holding a sign that said “Christmas” as the Sistrunks’ four children stood alongside her.

And Brandon had one of his fellow soldiers take one of him holding a sign saying “Merry.”

Ashley Photoshopped the two together to make it appear as though they were kissing, despite being 7,000 miles apart.

Photos posted to Instagram by Ashley Wednesday and Thursday show the happy family back together. While their youngest, Nora, wasn’t so sure about seeing her dad again, she sure warmed up quickly.


See, she likes him from a distance?

A video posted by Ashley Sistrunk (@ashley_sistrunk) on

Welcome back, Staff Sgt. Sistrunk!


My world?

A photo posted by Ashley Sistrunk (@ashley_sistrunk) on


Oh hey... I found this cute guy at a random airport and decided to take him home. Totally normal, right?

A photo posted by Ashley Sistrunk (@ashley_sistrunk) on


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