A young boy’s visit with Santa Claus is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
Misty Wolf of Fort Worth, Texas took to Facebook to share a heartwarming story of her six-year-old son, Matthew, meeting Santa.
In a post that has since been shared more than 88,000 times, Wolf writes that “Santa” showed tremendous kindness to her son who is both blind and autistic.
“I whispered to Santa, ‘He is blind and autistic and very interested in Santa,'” Wolf said. “He said, ‘Say no more,’ and immediately got down on the floor to greet my little man.”
Wolf writes that the local Santa took time to talk to her son and helped him to tug on his beard, feel his hat and began a conversation with him about his red suit.
When Santa asked if there was anything Matthew wanted to feel, the young boy recited a line from “T’was the Night Before Christmas” and said, “Your eyes that Twinkle.”
Wolf said the Santa guided her sons hands to his face and let him hold them there for as long as Matthew wanted.
Santa then went the extra mile and asked Matthew if he had ever pet a reindeer.
“Santa then carried him over to the display area. And had Matthew pet the reindeer they had set up,” Wolf said. “It was great. My heart was full seeing Matthew so interested. Best Santa ever!”
Wolf’s story was picked up by the blog Love What Matters, where she provided some insight into her son’s resilient spirit. According to Wolf, Matthew was born 24 weeks premature, and unfortunately, his twin brother didn’t survive. He then spent 111 days in neonatal intensive care (NICU) and has continued to surprise doctors.
“He brain scans told the doctors that Matthew would never walk or talk,” Wolf said. “But God had other plans.”