When Misty Wolf took her son, Matthew, to meet Santa Claus, the mom from Texas had no idea what a magical experience it was going to turn into. Although snagging the coveted photo with a mall Santa can be stressful for any parent, the experience -- and not knowing how her child would react -- took on an added layer for Misty because her 6-year-old is blind and has autism.
"I whispered to Santa, 'He is blind and autistic and is very interested in Santa,'" she shared on Facebook. "He said, 'Say no more' and immediately got down on the floor to greet my little man."
Instead of rushing Matthew through the experience to get to the next in line, Santa engaged the boy and gained his trust.
Misty said that Santa let Matthew stay as long as he wanted and encouraged the boy to feel him so that he knew it was the real deal. "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," she wrote. "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."
The visit didn't end until after Santa offered to introduce Matthew to his very first reindeer.
Santa asked Matthew if he'd ever met one of these woodland friends before and when Matthew said no, Mr. Claus scooped him up, carried him over to a display, and helped him feel a reindeer that was part of the holiday decor. "My heart was full seeing Matthew so interested," she wrote. "Best Santa ever!"