Is there anything better than an amazing surprise that brings so much joy to the recipient? This beautiful setup reunited a dad and his long-lost daughter — the two hadn’t been able to celebrate Christmas together for the past 25 years, mainly due to their location on opposite sides of the country. Terra found the perfect way to surprise her dad on Christmas, hiding in a giant box for him to open in front of the whole family. With his dad totally unsuspecting, believing she was in her city for Christmas Eve, the whole thing was an epic success.
Terra’s uncle first explained that the gift was a Christmas and 60th birthday present for Terra’s father. Another family member added, “It’s something we wanted to give you for a long time.” He pulled the bow, but got hung up by a knot before finding a knife and finally cutting the ribbon. Someone joked, “I hope you like animals” and the man cautiously started tearing the wrapping paper away.
He peeked inside, as a family member joked, “nobody’s in it,” then he pulled one of the box flaps back. What he found inside left him totally choked up and speechless. Inside, Terra, who hadn’t spent Christmas with her dad since was four years old, emerged to hug her dad, who was in absolute disbelief that she was there. After getting over the initial shock, he asked, “How long have you been in that box?” before lifting her out amid the family’s cheers.
Terra explained in the YouTube video’s description:
“For various reasons, my Dad and I didn’t have the opportunity to have Christmas together for 25 years. We’ve seen each other several times in the past decade, but living on opposite sides of the country from each other, I haven’t been able to spend Christmas with him since I was four years old. I thought this would be a good way to make up for that. He thought I was back in my city on Christmas Eve. I even texted him a picture of ‘the view’ from my apartment that day (it was outdated…luckily he didn’t notice the snow missing from the mountains in the distance.) He had NO idea…”
She continued: “My Uncle is the one explaining that this special gift is for my Dad as a combination Christmas and 60th birthday present. My Uncle is a two-time cancer survivor and during his second fight for his life, a few years ago, he lost a great deal of his voice due to the radiation, so you’ll need to listen carefully to understand what he is saying. Very special that he was able to be part of this moment.”
And finally, she answered this all-important question: “For those of you wondering, I was in the box for what seemed like eternity, but was really about twenty minutes. My uncle, being the sweet man that he is, was very concerned I wouldn’t have enough air in there. so kept slightly lifting the back of the box with his toe to let air in while we were waiting for my Dad to arrive.”
Those who viewed the video were moved by the special surprise, with one person writing: “Beautiful video, beautiful family. What a special moment. I’m so glad you decided to share. Your uncle is a precious miracle as well.”