Some Valley families haven't just been waiting for Santa to pay their homes a visit; they've been counting down the days for their loved ones to come home from Iraq.
Six National Guardsmen got the royal welcome in the Queen City Monday after being away from home for nearly a year. The four men and two women are from 1173rd Transportation Company.
Monday, family members greeted their loved ones with tears of joy, hugs and kisses.
The soldiers landed on American soil at Fort Dix in New Jersey earlier this month, but they say there's no place like home.
"Being up at Fort Dix and everything and being in Iraq, it's just nothing like being home, especially being home for Christmas," said Sgt. Tammy Randozzo. "It's just a dream come true."
"I feel happy, happy, so great," said her father Frank Randozzo. "I could just from here to heaven."
In all, 135 National Guardsman returned home Monday throughout the state.