If there's anyone who has been known to help make spirits bright around this time of year, it's old St. Nick. He's been known to use sign language when communicating with deaf children and bring toys to kids of needy families.
So really, it's not very surprising to learn that Santa Claus has the ability to spread cheer amongst adults as well. But, for as far as we know, we have never heard a Kris Kringle story quite as heartbreaking as this one.
A photo of Santa with a framed photo of an infant has gone viral on Facebook, telling the story of a father who recently lost his son waiting in line to have his child's photo taken with the jolly man in red.
According to the Facebook post, Santa's story goes like this--
A man walked in today holding something in his arms. "I have a request," he said, turning around this picture frame. He took a moment. "My son passed away, last year." He choked up and couldn't finish his sentence. The entire photo set was silent. I said, "Absolutely." Without anyone saying anything, he handed me the frame and I placed it on my knee. In the photo, I could see on the little boy's armband that his first name was Hayden. I didn't ask any questions, but I am guessing that this is his first photo with Santa. The camera snap was the only sound I could hear through the entire mall. Normally, I hear all kinds of music and sounds, but it was absolutely silent. After a handful of clicks, we walked over to the screen and he pointed, saying, "That's the one." The girl working the computer printed him a full photo package and he pulled out his wallet, saying that this was going to be his gift to his wife. We gave him the printed package, telling him that it was a gift and that we would be praying for his family, this Christmas. He grabbed my hand and pulled me in and hugged me, then turned around and left. As he walked out, we all had tears in their eyes. I'm sharing this to remind us all that Christmastime is unbelievably hard for some families. Pray for the brokenhearted. Smile at people. Just be kind. Love one another.
And, there you have it. Wise words from old St. Nick himself-- Pray for the brokenhearted. Smile at people. Just be kind. Love one another.