In the days before Christmas hugs and smiles fill the main concourse of Denver International Airport as families reunite. This year, those hugs sometimes last a few extra moments as families reflect on the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

"I think for everybody they just sort of realize how much you want to be around your family, especially at Christmas time," Cortney Braund said, who was flying home to be with her family in Cleveland. "I think it brings up a lot of issues for everybody across the country and it makes you hold your family a bit closer this year."

Nancy Moore came to DIA to meet family flying in from all over the country for Christmas.

"I'm picking up my grandchildren," Moore said.

In light of the recent tragedy she wants this holiday to be special for her two grandchildren who are 3 and 6 years of age. She dressed up as Raggedy Ann to meet them at the airport.

"It means a lot," Moore said. "I'm going to hug them so tightly."

Tamara Richmond wanted her two young sons, ages 7 and 9 to enjoy every moment possible this holiday with their grandparents. She took to DIA to surprise their grandparents as they flew in to visit from Florida.

"It felt like the right thing to do today that they should be here and we should be with our family this week," Richmond said. "It just felt like the right thing to do."