Marine creates 12 months of holidays in 10 days for son

Posted May 30

NEW BERN, N.C. — A Marine dad had just 10 days to celebrate 12 months’ worth of holidays with his little boy, and this particular mission was a big success.

Staff Sgt. John York and his 3-year-old son Bryson are joined at the hip. In fact, every time York leaves the house, Bryson cries, according to Today.

“They have an incredible bond,” said Priscilla York, Bryson’s mom and York’s wife. “If this happens when his dad leaves for just a few hours, I can only imagine how hard it’s going to be when he leaves for deployment.”

While York has been deployed twice before, this would be his first deployment since his son was born. Worried about how his son would do without him, York hatched a plan to make the parting a bit less sorrowful.

“He just came home from work and said, ‘I have an idea of what I want to do when I have the 10 days of pre-deployment leave. I really want to do all the holidays, all his favorite holidays that I’m going to miss,’” Priscilla York told ABC News.

After celebrating Mother’s Day, York surprised his son with a little trick-or-treating. Decked out in his trusty “Paw Patrol” costume, Bryson went around to each of the neighbors’ homes collecting the candy his dad had dropped off earlier in the day.

“He went to every neighbor’s house on the block and he had candy that he handed to them so they’d be ready when Bryson rang the doorbell,” Priscilla told ABC. “The neighbors were so great about it.”

Next holiday to check off the list: Christmas. Bryson woke up one morning to a pile of presents under a decked-out Christmas tree.

“He just woke and Santa came. He was just so taken aback,” Priscilla told ABC. “He was like, ‘What’s going on? Why is the Christmas tree up?’ He was so excited.”

Father and son tackled Bryson’s big 4th birthday a few weeks early, complete with a new bike and a big cake.

"The two of them had a blast taking the bike for a test ride around the neighborhood," Priscilla told Today.

The mission was so magical for Bryson that it gave Priscilla an idea for the perfect Father’s Day gift for her husband. She decided to take video of all the holiday celebrations and compile it into one special movie he could watch while he was away.

"I swear he sat on the couch and watched it on repeat over 1,000 times," York told ABC. "It's something he's going to be able to cherish forever."

Jessica Ivins is a content manager for and contributor to the Motherhood Matters section.


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