Is there anything Santa Claus cannot do? In malls across the world, the many incarnations of St. Nick are channeling the Christmas spirit, and, with one sweet gesture, helping kids who need a boost feel good about themselves.
This particular Santa was at the RiverTown Crossings Mall in Grandville, MI. A little boy named Landon was there with his cousins and took his turn telling the man in red what he wanted for Christmas. But it's what happened afterward that's touched people everywhere.
Landon, in the words of his mom, Naomi Johnson, came back to tell Santa he has autism. He was flapping his hands because he was excited; Santa took his hands between his, and listened to what Landon had to say.
"Landon told Santa that sometimes he gets in trouble at school and it's hard for people to understand that he has autism, and that he's not a naughty boy. Santa told Landon to not worry and that he has been a very good boy being who he is. They sat, and chatted for at least 5 mins. Santa paid close attention and listened to him. This just melts this momma's heart!" she posted on the mall's Facebook page.
And while most people treat Landon like he's a science experiment when they find out about his condition, this day was different, Johnson wrote in the post. "He was Landon, sitting with Santa and being told that it was ok to be himself."
You can read the whole heartwarming post below.
"I had an AMAZING experience with the Santa at the RiverTown Crossings Mall and I want to share my story with you.My...Posted by Autism Awareness on Wednesday, December 9, 2015
"I had an AMAZING experience with the Santa at the RiverTown Crossings Mall and I want to share my story with you.My...
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