DENVER (CBS4)– Service men and women, along with their families, were treated to a special holiday reception on Wednesday.

Santa even stopped by the Colorado’s Home Holiday Reception at the Boettcher Mansion for deployed military members and their families.

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Children got the chance to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what was on their wish list.

PHOTO GALLERY: Colorado’s Home Holiday Reception

Hundreds of National Guard members from around Colorado were deployed around the world this past year.

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“So, recognizing the families that sacrificed for these members and bringing in their families for this holiday season is actually a tribute to them and the sacrifice they made,” said US Air Force Adjutant General, Major General Mike Loh.

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The families honored on Wednesday are from across Colorado.

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