It's well past Christmas, but Beverly Massey has not yet put away her white tabletop tree.
And until Sunday, there were still unopened presents under it, awaiting the return from Iraq this week of her son, Lance Cpl. Lebron T. Massey.
On Sunday afternoon, more than 40 people crowded into the family's trailer in Ringgold, Ga., to welcome the 27-year-old U.S. Marine home with a Turkey dinner and lots of togetherness.
"It's been family, family, family and more family," said Cpl. Massey's wife, Samantha, who wore a gray T-shirt reading, "Proud Wife, United States Marines."
After opening his Christmas presents in the morning - a DVD player and a car care kit - Mr. Massey relaxed with family and caught up on seven months of lost hugs.
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