It was the annual visit to see Santa. An exciting time of the year for many young children. Landon looked forward to it and the family arrived at the RiverTown Crossings mall in Michigan. The six-year-old approached Santa, as he had a very pressing question that he wanted to ask him.
They took the family photo, and then Landon raced back to Santa with pure adrenaline running through him. He was both anxious and nervous, as he had been wanting to ask a very important question to Santa.
“Will my autism put me on the naughty list?”
Sadly, Landon had believed that his condition might be cause for ending up on the naughty boy list. While Santa was no doubt surprised at the question, and very moved by it, he was quick to ease little Landon’s worries.
Exactly What He Needed To Hear
Santa responded immediately without hesitation:
“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 felt relieved. That anxious and nervous energy was now lifted. His mom, Naomi, was also amazed and relieved to, as she had been trying to tell her son ever since birth that he’s not any better or any worse than anyone else. But it was Santa who Landon needed the final verification from. And Santa delivered.
It was these five words that Santa said which really nailed it:
“It’s OK to be you!”
Love And Acceptance
They would end up spending another five minutes talking about Landon’s interests and about Christmas. Santa was patient and sure to answer all of Landon’s questions with good cheer and jolly charm.
Santa Says “Be Yourself”
Mother Naomi was elated that finally her son had accepted the notion that being himself was okay.
“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.”
Hearing it from a “higher-up” so to speak meant the world to Landon. Of course his mother loved him, but did others too? Landon got the confidence he needed when Santa confirmed that he was loved all around.
A Different List
Autism has brought the family together with many special people. That list now included Santa.
“We have met a lot of amazing people in our Autism journey, but this one made the top of the list.”
He spent extra time with Landon and showed how much true concern he had for the boy and his worries.
Here is Landon’s full story, and it’s a tearjerker! But it’s definitely one that will get you inspired and excited about the holiday season and all the joy that has the potential to happen.
Santa’s Got It Right
This Christmas will be one that Landon enjoys to the fullest. He’s a boy whom everyone loves for being who he is. Including the reindeer! Great job Santa.
Share this wonderful story with friends and family, and get a head start on sharing the holiday joy with those around you and those who could use some positive and uplifting joy in their lives.