Misty Wolf was in awe watching how one amazing Santa made Christmas special for her son.
Misty’s son, Matthew, was born prematurely at only 24 weeks. Only 1 pound, 6 ounces at birth, Matthew required oxygen to keep him alive. Though the oxygen saved his life, it also caused stage 5 retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), or total detachment of the retina, which has left him completely blind.
Best Santa ever!I whispered to Santa “he is blind and autistic and is very interested in Santa”. He said “say no more”…
Matthew has also been diagnosed with autism. So the Texas mom had every reason to worry about how her son would fare on a visit to Santa. But Santa ended up surprising her and making her son’s day. As Misty wrote on Facebook:
I whispered to Santa, “He is blind and autistic and is very interested in Santa.” He said, “Say no more,” and immediately got down on the floor to greet my little man.
As Misty watched, Santa went out of his way to connect to Matthew in a way that made the young boy comfortable. What’s more, he was ready to answer Matthew’s questions and let him feel his face and beard:
He talked to Matthew for a long time. Let him feel all over him. Told him to pull his beard, feel his hat and talked about his red suit. He asked Matthew if he wanted to feel anything and Matthew said, “your eyes that twinkle,” (from the poem ‘”Twas the Night Before Christmas”). So Santa let him touch all over his eyes for as long as Matthew wanted.
Not finished yet, Santa even took Matthew to meet a reindeer:
Then Santa said have you ever felt a real reindeer. Santa then carried him over to the display area. And had Matthew pet the taxidermy reindeer they had set up.
Misty told Dearly that the reindeer made a big impression on her son: “On the way home Matthew asked if that was Blitzen (the reindeer). That was cute.”
While Santa took the time to make this meeting special, Matthew’s mom was too overwhelmed to do anything but watch. She told Dearly:
“It was amazing how Santa was able to gain his trust so instantly. It was a beautiful connection. I didn’t even take the pictures. I stood there in awe.”
Misty isn’t the only person to be touched by the way Santa related to her son. The mom’s Facebook post has been shared thousands of times as commenters praised Santa for helping Matthew’s Christmas come alive.
Misty is also full of praise for the Santa, labeling him the, “best Santa ever,” in her Facebook post. She added, “It was great. My heart was full seeing Matthew so interested.”