Photos of blind, autistic boy meeting Santa go viral

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Getting to meet Santa during a visit to the mall is a favorite memory for many kids during the holiday season.

But one Texas family is opening up about an extra special visit to the jolly man in the red suit.

It’s a Christmas tradition, perhaps too easily taken for granted.

“You appreciate it so much more cause he wasn’t supposed to do it, he wasn’t supposed to be here, he wasn’t even supposed to survive,” said Misty Wolf, Matthew’s mother. 

Santa, in the eyes of most children, is the guy with the big white beard and red jacket. But for Misty Wolf’s six-year-old son Matthew, Santa is something he’ll never see.

“I kind of ran up to Santa and was like he is blind and autistic and very interested in Santa and Santa raised up his hands and said ‘say no more.'” said Misty. 

And what happened next has since gone viral. Matthew, while unable see did not hesitate to touch.

“He’s never seen a reindeer, he’s never seen a picture of a reindeer.. so the thing is let him feel one,” said Santa, North Pole.

“One of the things Santa did was said is there something you want to feel anything else, and Matthew said ‘your eyes that twinkle.'” said Misty.

Snapshots of Matthew feeling and in his own way seeing Santa have now been seen by thousands.

“I stood there with my eyes all glassy from tears welling up inside because I was just excited for him to put that together,” added Misty.

Offering up a reminder on the true spirit of Christmas and giving one family a gift they’ll never forget.

“It’s definitely been a good.. a very good Christmas present,” said Misty.

Misty said the moment meant more to her than any present ever could and it was one she knows Matthew will appreciate forever.

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