Christmas is just around the corner now, a blessed relief from the on-going political craziness and game-playing going on in the nation. Still. Please, dear God, make it stop, already, kind of relief.
I, for one, could not be more grateful to be able to turn my attention away from, “Trump Tweeted WHAT?” “Trump picked WHO?” “Ban the Electoral College!” “Hillary can still win!” and oh-so-many-more reactions to our President-Elect. Any and every one who has been reading posts here know I have absolutely zero love lost for Trump, but it is what it is, people. Deal with it already. And for Heaven’s sake, get a little perspective.
That is what this season helps to provide. A little perspective, a little introspection, a lot of magic, and a season that is holy. Regardless of one’s faith tradition, this is indeed a time of beauty, of family, love, and a gift beyond imagining. It is Christmas time, and turning our eyes toward this season is a blessed respite from the ongoing rancor that still grips the nation.
And it is to Christmas, and the messages it brings, I now wish to turn.
Recently, a friend had this powerful, moving story linked at Facebook. In just five words, a man playing Santa in Michigan was able to allay the fears of a little boy. The love he exhibited for this child is the embodiment of the Christmas message.
The little boy is named Landon. And he has Autism. This is what happened when Landon went to see Santa Claus to give him his list:
After his family photo was complete, Landon ran back up to Santa. His arms were twitching in anticipation and pure adrenaline. He was going to ask something that made him very nervous.
“Will my autism put me on the naughty list?”
Landon was concerned that his mental condition was going to rub Santa and the elves the wrong way, but he couldn’t have been more wrong!
Exactly What He Needed To Hear
Without hesitation, Santa responded with an amazing answer, WOOD-TV reported.
“You know I love you and the reindeer love you and it’s OK. You’re a good boy. You’re a good boy, you know?”
The nervous energy left Landon immediately and his mom Naomi sat there and watched in amazement as Santa calmed her son. She shared that Santa flawlessly explained what she’s been trying to teach her son since he was born – he is not any better or worse than a person simply due to his mental condition. He is a good person and Santa made that clear. With only five words Santa made everything right again: “It’s OK to be you!” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Honestly, this story just moves me to tears. What a wonderful, perfect response by Santa Claus to assuage this little boy’s fears.
Check out this report by a local news station on Landon and Santa Claus. The excitement Landon exhibits :
Indeed, those are words by which to live: “It’s OK to be you!” Amen to that!
And since this is about a little boy and Christmas, I feel it is only fitting to conclude with this classic Christmas tune, “Little Drummer Boy.” Here it is performed by the an amazing group of young people, Pentatonix: