It has been a year-long dream for Landon to visit Santa. So when he and his family finally had a chance to meet Chris Cringle at the RiverTown Crossings mall in Michigan, the little six-year old was over the moon.
But the little boy, who was diagnosed with autism when he was very young, approached Santa on a mission. He had a very important question to ask Jolly Old Saint Nick.
And Santa took the little boy very seriously…
While waiting in line to sit on Santa’s lap, Landon was excited – but also visibly nervous. Something was on his mind that his mom and dad couldn’t figure out. And their son would not tell them what was bothering him. But it seemed serious.
Landon twitched with pure adrenaline and excitement. He was next and he didn’t want to mess up his one opportunity to talk to Santa.
When it was finally Landon’s turn, the little boy couldn’t contain his question anymore. He blurted out to the white-bearded Santa Claus:
“Will my autism put me on the naughty list?”
In a heartbreaking confession, the little boy admitted he worried that his mental condition would make Santa Claus and his elves dislike him. But as Santa quickly proved, the little boy couldn’t have been more wrong about that!
Without hesitation, Santa said exactly what the boy needed to hear. And it was an amazing answer:
“You know I love you and the reindeer love you and it’s OK. You’re a good boy. You’re a good boy, you know?”
As soon as Landon knew that Santa loved him, the boy’s nervous energy went away. Santa’s simple answer cured the boy of his doubt and self-loathing.
Meanwhile, Landon’s mom Naomi watched on in amazement as Santa calmed her son – a feat she struggles with every hour of every day.
Santa explained in five words what Naomi has been trying to teach her son ever since he was born.
“It’s OK to be you.”
Santa’s words resonated with the young boy. For five minutes, Landon opened up to Santa about his interests and his joyful wishes. It was a heartwarming moment for everyone – even the other kids waiting in line didn’t mind.
Santa gave Landon his undivided attention while the boy spoke from his heart. He just needed someone to listen to him.
Naomi was overjoyed to watch her son connect with a strange. Santa really made Christmas magical for her family this year. She posted images of Landon and Santa along with the following message:
“Here was Landon, sitting with Santa and being told that it was ok to be himself. Mommy tells him all the time that he’s special and I love him the way he was made, but it’s always nice to hear it from others.”
She continued: “We have met a lot of amazing people in our Autism journey, but this one made the top of the list.”
Watch the video below to see the heartwarming moment Santa makes Landon’s fears about autism disappear.
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