SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Dozens of families enjoyed another Christmas tree lighting in Savannah. For these families, though, it was just a little more special.
For many, Christmas can be tough with deployments or just being far away from extended family. Friday's event gave them a chance to spend some time with their military family.
Of course, there were Christmas carols, a grand appearance from Santa and the big reveal of the decorated Christmas trees.
For military families taking in the annual festivities on Hunter Army Airfield Base, it's a chance to be thankful for something many of us take for granted.
"Every Christmas I'm home is more significant than the other because you never know when you're going to be home next time," said LTC Robel Ramirez.
Lieutenant Colonel Robel Ramirez has been deployed this time of year six times. The gifts we all look forward to are not what he enjoys most.
"Being able to talk to each other, hug each other - those days make it special," said Ramirez.
For other families, it's a Christmas together ahead of a deployment. For Specialist Aukeem Isaac, he's enjoying this one before he heads to Korea for a year.
"I mean kids and Christmas, they like to see the bright lights in trees and Santa Claus of course," said Specialist Isaac.
Even if there isn't a deployment in the near future, time together is something they're always thankful for as the holiday season draws near.
"Having him with us means a lot because this is her first Christmas. Then he can spend time with us," said military wife Keyla Alicea.
The night also shows just how special being a part of our nation's military is.
"Even though you think sometimes you're on your own, but you're not. Coming together makes you realize you're a part of something bigger," said Ramirez. "Everybody has the same problems, same desires, and same goals as you. That makes it special."
"I like to see all the families and all the soldiers gathering with their kids and just having a little fun," said Isaac.
It's fun for these families who sacrifice so much so we can always enjoy time with our families.
The Pulaski Elementary School Chorus and the Third Infantry Division band provided that Christmas music. There was also food and a train ride for the children.