Soldier returns home in time for holidays

Good Friday Evening and Merry Christmas Eve/Eve!

It will be a very merry Christmas for a Huntsville family. Sgt. First Class Chris Black of the Alabama National Guard returned home this evening just in time for the holidays. WAFF 48's Christine Pae caught up with the very special holiday homecoming with Sgt. Black and his wife and two sons. She'll have the emotional reunion, and some thoughts from Black on his service to our country and the extra special meaning it has here during the holidays.

We've brought you a number of stories before on how the Christmas holidays trigger a problem with depression. But did you know that heart attacks are another physical danger that occurs all too often on Christmas Day? According to Decatur paramedics, they respond to about twice as many heart attack calls on Christmas Day than any other normal day. Some of the reasons? Eating too much, drinking too much alcohol and the extra stress many feel during the holidays.

Speaking of extra stress during the Christmas shopping season, we had some dangerous incidents today of people fighting and actually firing weapons while waiting in line for a retro version of Nike "Air Jordan" shoes. Tonight at 10, we'll hear from a local man who was able to snag a pair of the red hot shoes before they sold out here in the Valley.  We'll try to make sense out of what truly seems like a nonsensical shopping frenzy this evening.

Merry Christmas! We hope you'll pull up a chair and join us for these stories and more at on WAFF 48 News at 10.

Mark Thornhill