What Santa Told This Autistic Boy Changed His Life Forever
Every kid loves meeting Santa and the experience is something they will always remember. This 6-year-old's experience changed his life for a very special reason, though.
Landon Johnson visited Santa at the RiverTown Crossings Mall in Grandville, Michigan.
Landon told his mom, Naomi Johnson, after his turn, that he forgot to tell Santa something. Landon, who has autism, expressed to Santa his feelings about his behavior. He said how he has autism and often gets in trouble because of it, so he is afraid he will be on the naughty list.
"I had no idea why Landon turned around and then I saw Santa hold his hands to keep them from shaking and calm him down," Naomi, 32, told TODAY.com. "Landon had gone back to tell Santa that he's autistic and was worried about being put on the naughty list because of it."
Santa reassured Landon that he's been a very good boy and that he shouldn't be afraid to keep being himself.
"This stranger in a red suit told my son the same message I've been trying to get through to him for a while now — that he's special and I love him just the way he was made," Naomi said.
"Seeing Landon's face light up in that moment was just incredible. I couldn't stop crying."
Later that night Landon told his mom, "Mommy, it's OK for me to be me. Santa said so." Wow, what an incredible lesson to learn from Santa. Landon was sent to this special man in a red suit for a reason. Any one could have just brushed him off, but this Santa said the perfect thing Landon needed to hear.