Kailah was excited for spring formal, but the only problem was that she couldn’t afford her dream dress. She was heartbroken when it later sold out, but then Christmas Day came around, and something incredible happened. And her reaction was priceless.
Kailah is a teenage girl from the U.S. And just like most other girls her age, she was very excited about prom. The hardest part for many is finding the perfect dress, but Kailah was lucky enough to have found the one for her pretty early on.
In fact, Kailah had her heart set on a dress months before the big event. It wasn’t even Christmas time, but the teenager had pinpointed the exact one that she wanted to wear for her spring formal. It was a dazzling blue floor-length gown.
But, sadly for Kailah, her dream dress was a little on the expensive side. That didn’t deter her though. Kailah was so determined to wear that specific gown for her prom night that she made an action plan to get the money together.
According to a survey conducted by Yahoo, the average cost of going to prom is around the $600 mark. This price tag includes the dress, the makeup, the fancy hair and the tickets themselves. And for many girls such as Kailah, the dress is the most important part of all.
So Kailah started applying for jobs so that she could use her paychecks to get her hands on the perfect ball gown for her. All the while, her father was watching on, presumably impressed with his daughter’s efforts. The dress clearly meant a lot to her.
Once Kailah had earned a little bit of money, she returned to the shop. Even though she didn’t have quite enough money to buy it anyway, she was still devastated to find that the dress was no longer on sale. Someone else had bought it.
According to her dad, Kailah was “heartbroken” to see that the dress was gone. It had been her dream dress for the most important night in the calendar of most teenage girls. Little did Kailah know at that point, that it would all be all right on the night.
Soon it was Christmas Day, and Kailah’s dad had something up his sleeve. He had a surprise for his daughter that would top all others. And best of all, he filmed the entire thing. The video starts with Kailah’s dad sitting by the Christmas tree.
“Ten years ago they’d wake us up for Christmas,” he says to the camera, referring to his two daughters. “But now they’re teenagers, we’ve got to wake them up for Christmas.” Then it was time to call them down from their bedrooms for the festivities to begin.
“Hey guys, Merry Christmas!” the father calls upstairs to the two girls. Moments later they both stumble down in their pajamas, totally unaware of what is about to happen. Kailah leads to the way in a bright blue hoodie and polka dot trousers.
As the teenagers enter the living room they don’t spot the surprise immediately. But then Kailah’s sister sees something to her right that makes scream and jump for joy. “Oh my God!” she yells and bounds over to one side of the room.
But when Kailah sees what caught her sister’s attention the video gets emotional. Her head falls into her hands and she bursts into tears immediately. “Merry Christmas” says her dad, but Kailah is too overcome with emotion to respond.
Kailah’s dad gives her a hug, still filming the situation unfold. His daughter cries into his shoulder, clearly totally overwhelmed by the Christmas present hanging on a rail in the living room. That’s right – her dad had gone and bought her and her sister their prom dresses.
“I was so worried I wasn’t going to be able to get it. But now I got it. Thank you!” Kailah sobs. As she wipes the tears from her face, her dad tells her to go and grab the dress that she’d wanted so badly. And it’s a poignant moment when she finally has it in her hands.
Kailah clutches the dress close to her chest, demonstrating quite how much it means to her. Then she and her sister spend a while simply admiring their new gowns. There’s no doubt that their parents are pretty cool, and they totally nailed the Christmas presents that year.
When the video hit YouTube, it went viral. It racked up more than one million views, and people couldn’t help but comment. But the reaction online was mixed. Overall, some people were full of praise for the parents who surprised their daughters in such a heartwarming way.
A bunch of people wrote positive comments underneath the video. such as, “Best parents ever!” and some were impressed with Kailah’s reaction too. “The part I liked the best was her first reaction, to hug her Dad before even going over to get the dress. Sweet,” wrote one commenter.
But some people were left feeling disappointed by the video. The comments section was filled with remarks about the size of the family’s home. Some YouTube users went as far as saying that the suggestion that Kailah “couldn’t afford” her dream dress was likely to be untrue.
“Looks like an enormous house for a family that can’t afford a dress,” appeared as a comment, as well as,“First world problems.” But leaving the cynicism aside, all that matters is that Kailah’s parents organized the best Christmas surprise ever for their daughters, and it’s clear that they genuinely appreciated it.