Santa Changes a Life With Five Words *Open Thread*


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!


(Screenshot via YouTube)

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:


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28 Responses to “Santa Changes a Life With Five Words *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thanks so much for this Rev and for the five words that we should all remember – It’s all right to be you. And it’s all right to be me.

    And thanks for the music. I love “The Little Drummer Boy” and this is an inspiring rendition.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      So glad you like it – and “The Little Drummer Boy”! I understand that a lot of people don’t like that one, but I am not one of those curmudgeons. I love it!

      Btw, my bridge came out this morning and I have to make an emergency trip up to the dentist early this afternoon. Considering she is going to be closed for the next 1 1/2 weeks starting tomorrow, the timing is actually good. If there is EVER a good time for something like this to happen, that is! I was soooo looking forward to really resting today to try and kick this damn cold/cough before my old friend comes to town on Fri. Oh, well!

      And now I am humming, “Always look on the bright side of life…” Ahhaha…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        So sorry to hear about your problems. Some times it seems like they never end doesn’t it?

        I’m surprise you aren’t humming “A Bridge of Troubled Waters”. Seems to fit better.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          LOL – well, thankfully, it doesn’t hurt – at least right now. I expect that will change after I go to the dentist! Otherwise, I would.

          And thanks – hate to complain abt things – more a “this is what is going on today” kind of thing… 🙂

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            It took me all of 15 minutes from the time I walked in the door until I walked out – without having to pay a dime, I might add – to get my bridge re-installed. I love my dentist. I probably spent more time chatting with her then I did with her having to do anything. The tech probably did more. Whew! Easy peasy!

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    The greatest gift of all.

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Brent Bozell: Whitewashing the Black President’s Legacy

    As President Barack Obama’s White House days run out, it’s time for his obsequious courtiers in the liberal media to announce his glorious “legacy.”

    On Dec. 7, CNN devoted a two-hour prime-time special to the Obama legacy. It was hosted by Fareed Zakaria, a journalist whom Obama had invited to the White House so he could soak in Zakaria’s wisdom and expertise — in other words, so he could flatter a journalist into giving him softball coverage.

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Ahahahaha – good one!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        The left is going to keep playing that “racist” card until 3/4 of the country hates them. Then they’ll play it some more. It worked so well for so long for them that they just can’t see that without a media that is believed to help them they’re just spinning their wheels most of the time and insulting people that they might need the rest of the time. Stupid on this level should hurt. And it has and will hurt them and their party.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          You said it. It is so, so tiresome. They seem completely clueless abt how much they have alienated people, how they have cheapened REAL cases of racism by their incessant drumbeat of calling all and every thing racist.

          Ugh. So tired of all of those people…

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Our Project Manager sent us a photo of our house today. It is all wrapped and has the windows in now. Yay! Here it is:


  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Well, this certainly says something abt Romney – in a good way, that is:

    And like so many have said, when the President (Elect) asks you to serve your country, you agree to do so if the position is given (or potentially). That makes sense.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      He came and talked to Trump and that was okay – although I wasn’t real happy about it.

      But he refused to grovel. That most definitely makes him the better man. But we knew that all ready.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I wasn’t happy abt it either, but I do get the whole thing of if the President asks you to do something, you do it. But that Romney would not gravel OR capitulate on Russia says a lot abt him. And yes – we knew he was a man of character unlike so many others…

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    As you know, I love Pentatonix (witness the video in the post above). Turns out they are having a Christmas Special on tonight, with Dolly Parton. It is on NBC at 8:00 EST, and 7:00 Central. Woohoo!

  8. helenk3 Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That was absolutely HILARIOUS!!! Thank you so much for that, Helen! Ahahaha…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        That is wonderful. It’s not only funny, it’s all too true. Thanks for sharing Helen – you always find the best stuff!

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    But of COURSE Trump is meeting with the OBAMACARE ARCHITECT:

    Good. Lord.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Remember that Trump met with Al Gore and then appointed an absolute enemy of Global Warming. I think he jus likes having the rich and famous come to Trump tower to kiss his ring.

  10. helenk3 Says:

    I thought you would like this

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