A New Jersey boy asked Santa Claus to grant a very special wish this Christmas: bring his Army soldier father home for the holidays.

Abel Towers-Zeller wrote down his wish, asking St. Nick to bring home his dad, Pvt. Timothy Zeller, and for his "family to stay healthy."

According to NJ.com, Pvt. Zeller has been stationed in Southern California, and father and son haven't seen each other since July.

They were reunited at a surprise assembly last week at Abel's school, in Old Bridge, after his family worked with school faculty to plan the emotional reunion.

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"[Abel's] jaw just dropped when he finally realized it was me walking into the gym," Pvt. Zeller said Monday on "Fox & Friends."

He said that due to the time differences from the West and East coasts, it's difficult to find the right time to speak to his family.

"That makes it rough, definitely," he said.

Abel, though, said he tells his friends all the time how his dad is helping the United States.

NJ.com reported that Pvt. Zeller will be home in New Jersey until Dec. 28.

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