Six-year-old Landon went to the RiverTown Crossings mall in Michigan with his family, with one goal in mind. He was there to visit Santa. Landon had an important question that he needed to ask Mr. Kringle. After taking a family photo with Santa, Landon ran up to him and asked him a very serious question. “Will my autism put me on the naughty list?”
Little Landon was worried that his autism might upset Santa Claus. Without hesitating, Santa responded, “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?”
Landon immediately perked up while his mother, Naomi, sat in amazement and watched Santa and her son interact. According to Landon’s mom, Santa was able to explain to her son something that she’s been trying to teach him since he was born. Santa reassured Landon that he is not any better or worse than any other person simply because of his autism. He is a good person. Mr. Cringle made that clear to Landon when he told him, “It’s OK to be you.”
Landon sat with Santa for another few minutes. The two talked about Christmas and Landon’s favorite things. Santa listened intently and answered all of the eager six-year-old’s questions. Naomi explained, “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 nice to hear it from others.”
Landon’s visit with Santa exceeded Naomi’s expectations. “We have met a lot of amazing people in our Autism journey, but this one made the top of the list,” she said. The kindness and compassion that Santa showed to Landon is part of what makes the holiday season so magical.
Watch the video below to hear more about Landon’s special experience meeting Santa!
Sourse: David Wolfe