Monday, February 22, 2016

Michigan mall hires real Santa Claus

Before Christmas last December, 6-year-old Landon Johnson went to River Town Crossings Mall in Grandville (near Grand Rapids) to give Santa his wish list. He asked for a Wii, a toy dinosaur and a remote control car. But he also wanted Santa to know he has autism.  Landon told Santa he sometimes gets in trouble in school, and it's hard for people to understand why. He told Santa he was worried that his autism would land him on the "naughty" list.

                                                                             Naomi Johnson / Facebook
Santa held Landon's hands in his and listened carefully. Then he promised, "You know I love you and the reindeer love you, and it's OK to be who you are. You're not naughty." While snapping this photo, Landon's Mom couldn't stop crying. "He told my son the same message I've been trying to get through to him for a while now," she said. "Seeing Landon's face light up in that moment was just incredible." Afterward, Landon gushed, "He was the REAL Santa!"  What do you think?

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