By: Leland Kim
KAILUA (KHNL) - A local military family gets an early Christmas present, as their loved one is now home for the holidays.
Sounds of holiday cheer fill the Nagy household.
John Nagy is home after nine months in Iraq.
"It feels great to be home for the holidays," said John Nagy, a Marine Corps master sergeant.
His kids are thankful their dad made it back safely.
"I was so relieved that he was finally home," said Michi Nagy, John's daughter.
Last year, John shipped out on Christmas Day.
"It would have been nice to have him for Christmas, but having him now is really nice," said John's son Ron.
John's wife Winnie said she went through a roller coaster of emotions.
"Scared. I cried a lot," she said. "It was just difficult. It really was."
While he thought about his family, John stayed focused on his mission.
"You never think about your own mortality," he said. "You worry about the people you're with and what they're doing, but you never think it's going to be you."
He has a message for the troops still fighting in Iraq.
"Just keep what they're doing," he said. "You're doing a great job. Our country has a lot to be proud of with our young men and women out there."
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the family says it has plenty to be thankful for.
"Holidays are special. Every one you miss, you don't get back," said John Nagy. "It feels so nice to be actually home."
"Having John home, yes, I am so thankful that he's alive and he's here," said his wife Winnie.
Here for the holidays. Here for his family.