This 6-year-old boy could finally 'see' Santa Claus in a special way after his mom whispered her son's condition to the man in red.
Christmas means the arrival of the man dressed in red, riding his sleigh and delivering gifts to little kids in their stockings. Christmas is incomplete without the involvement of Santa Claus or at least people spreading joy by dressing up as Claus. However, not every kid is fortunate enough to see Santa Claus in his full glory. Kids like Matthew Foster have heard a lot about Santa but have never 'seen' him.
Matthew Foster, a resident of Texas, was born blind and in 2018, he was diagnosed with autism. Foster's mom, Misty Wolf, wanted her son to have his moment and get at least one magical encounter with Santa Claus. According to USA Today, the previous attempts to help Foster spend some quality time with Santa Claus had ended in disappointment because the little kid grew impatient in the line or refused to interact with Santa at all.
In a viral Facebook post, Wolf documented the encounter her son finally had with a kind-hearted man dressed up as Santa. "Best Santa ever! 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. He talked to Matthew for a long time. Let him feel all over him," Wolf wrote.
The Santa even let Foster pull his beard, feel his hat and chat about his red suit. Santa asked Foster if he wanted to do or talk about anything else. The kid said, "Your eyes that twinkle," which is a line from the poem "Twas The Night Before Christmas." So, Santa let him touch all over his eyes for as long as Matthew wanted. Then Santa asked him if he had 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. "It was great. My heart was full seeing Matthew so interested," Wolf concluded in her post.
"He was so gracious and just guided Matthew everywhere, so Matthew didn't get scared. There was just immediate trust in him and Matthew doesn't have that with anybody," Wolf said, per the outlet. The Santa also suggested Foster sit on his lap with his 20-month-old sister and pose for a picture. "Matthew hates taking pictures. He has a meltdown. I said, 'What? Is this happening?' And I plopped his sister on one knee and it worked out so well," Wolf continued, "When Santa asked him what he wanted for Christmas, he asked Santa for water."
The comment section was full of wholesome words where netizens applauded the person dressed as Santa Claus for being patient with an autistic and blind kid. Deanna Mayton questioned, "Where did Matthew’s visit with Santa happen? That’s a pretty amazing Santa!" Wolf responded that it was in Cabela's, which is located in Fort Worth, Texas. "We went at a non-busy time. It was just before 5 p.m. But I kept looking over at the small line building up, hoping those waiting weren’t hating on us yet," Wolf added.
Mary Grise wrote, "This is very touching! He will remember this for a long time." Devin Hydric-Rymer commented, "Holy moly, this made me tear up so much! This Santa is awesome. We took pictures with him last weekend. Barbara Rymer, did you see this? Amazing. So happy for Matthew." Berta Ford quipped, "Oh the tears. Thankful for people that can simply, ‘love one another’. He (Santa) did exactly what he should have done. It’s beautiful. God bless Matthew!" This encounter with Santa will forever be Foster's core memory.