A touching story from Love What Matters shared the magical Christmas had by Matthew Wolf, a six year-old boy diagnosed with autism and his encounter with Santa.

Matthew’s mother, Misty Wolf, talks about some of the unique challenges her son had to overcome since a young age. Matthew was born 24 weeks premature, and as a result had to spend 111 days in an intensive care nursery. Unfortunately, he would end up going blind as a result of the amount of oxygen he had to be given in order to survive. Despite brain scans prompting doctors to claim that Matthew would never walk or talk, he begin to thrive.

When Wolf first brought her son over to meet Santa, she described that she whispered into the jolly bearded man’s ear that Matthew “is blind and autistic and is very interested in Santa.” The man immediately jumped into action and got down on the floor to greet Matthew.

Wolf describes how Santa sat there and talked to her son, letting him feel his beard and hat. Santa would describe his red suit to Matthew, and asked him if there was anything else he would like to feel. Remembering the poem “Twas The Night Before Christmas”, Matthew asked to feels Santa’s “eyes that twinkle”, so Santa let Matthew gently feel his face and eyes for as long as he wanted.

Wolf would go on to call the man the “Best Santa Ever!”, especially after he brought her son to the display area and asked “How you ever felt a real reindeer before?”

Heartwarming stories like this one are a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Wishing you and yours a very happy holidays!

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