Christmas came early this year for Joey + Rory -- "a week early, but right on time," according to Rory Feek's newest blog post.

Friends of the couple, Dave and Nicole Trudo, live in Arkansas but wanted to send the Feeks something special for the holidays -- so Santa and Mrs. Claus delivered their presents.

"The Kris Kringle that showed up at our door wasn’t your ordinary shopping mall Santa. This one was the real deal … or as close to it as I’ve ever personally seen," Rory Feek writes. "He had the real beard, the real belly, and on top of that, he had the kindest smile and a heart for special babies and mamas with no hair … I loved him from the moment I met him."

But not only did Santa deliver the Feeks gifts: He sat down and had a conversation with Joey + Rory, while Mrs. Claus spent some time with Joey Feek's mother.

"He said he knew our music (I had no idea Santa was a country music fan) and was a little nervous about coming to see us this evening -- not knowing what to expect -- or if Joey would be up for their visit," Rory Feek recounts. "But I think once he saw my bride sitting on the couch and smiling when he came in, and enjoying the evening … he settled in and hopefully had as good a time as we did."

Santa and the Feeks "talked together for a long, long time," and they learned his story: He was a retired military member and used to be in law enforcement, and he now spreads Christmas cheer every year.

"He told us that 'you haven’t lived ’til you’ve found a job that allows you to give something back,'" Rory Feek explains. "He said he takes his job very seriously … he’s even been to Santa school -- twice."

The surprise visit was Joey + Rory's daughter Indiana's first time meeting Santa Claus.

"What a blessing this evening was," Rory Feek says. "... What a beautiful way to kick off the week leading up to Christmas."

As fans know, in late October, Rory Feek informed fans, via his blog, that his wife’s first round of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for Stage IV cervical cancer did not help; rather, two quarter-sized tumors had appeared in the same area that the doctors had been treating, and several more tumors had appeared in her abdomen. In light of that sad news, the Feeks stopped all medical treatments, returned to their Tennessee farm and canceled all of their Farmhouse Concerts that were scheduled for November and December. They have been spending time in Joey Feek’s hometown, visiting with family, friends and other loved ones, and in early November, Rory Feek revealed that his wife had entered home hospice care.

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