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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:37 AM

A mall Santa makes a hearing-disabled boy's Christmas a real merry day:


The parents of a hearing-disabled boy received a heartwarming holiday gift from a mall Santa Claus who unexpectedly managed to communicate with their son.

Cameron Sylvester, 3, requires two hearing aids due to auditory neuropathy, his father told WCVB. The family recently went to a mall southwest of Boston so he and his sister, Arianna, could visit Santa Claus.

In the WCVB video above, the man who played Santa says he noticed Cameron's condition and, using a gesture similar to adjusting a baseball cap, asked in American Sign Language if the boy had been good this year.

"I wanted to cry," his mother said. "A lot of people don't know sign language, and there's Santa, and he knew what Cameron needed to see."

The moment touched both the Sylvesters and the man who played Santa. "It's wonderful. I live for moments like those," Santa said in the video, which also appears on Yahoo! News.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/23/santa-claus-uses-sign-lan_n_2347084.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

A real Santa for sure......

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Are_grits_groceries Dec 2012 OP
Tunkamerica Dec 2012 #1
Scootaloo Dec 2012 #2
Victor_c3 Dec 2012 #3
JI7 Dec 2012 #4
savebigbird Dec 2012 #5
justiceischeap Dec 2012 #6
Journeyman Dec 2012 #11
Libertas1776 Dec 2012 #7
JNelson6563 Dec 2012 #8
obamanut2012 Dec 2012 #9
Whovian Dec 2012 #10
Arkansas Granny Dec 2012 #12
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2012 #13
sarisataka Dec 2012 #14

Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:30 AM

1. is jerry springer doing the voiceover?

pretty cool. my little brother took sign language as his foreign language in college.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 05:01 AM

2. I love it, except for dad's parting comment

"It's nice to know there are still people left in the world that care."

This idea, that good people are somehow a rare, endangered species, always irks me.

Oh well. One sour note doesn't ruin the song, I suppose.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 05:45 AM

3. what you said is something that I've noticed more and more as I've gotten older

... well, to my ripe old age of 32. But I've been in some pretty shitty situations and over and over again I've learned that most people are good people and most people want to help if given the wherewithal to do it.

I've been trying to teach my kids that same lesson. Most people are good people and most people do care.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 05:58 AM

4. it's often based on personal experience also

or even if someone had a bad few days and someone does something nice that would really stand out to them.

anyways, i hope it was just his way of saying something nice rather than them not being treated well too many times.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 06:42 AM

5. In certain parts of our country, the father's sentiment is truly a valid point. n/t

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 07:02 AM

6. I think when you have a child with special needs

you see the world differently because the world sees you differently. For most of us, we see people all around that care but some aren't that lucky.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 05:00 PM

11. Carl Sandburg wrote in, "The People, Yes," about a traveller entering a new land. . .

who comes upon a farmer standing in his field. The stranger asks him, "What sort of people live here." And the farmer asks back, "What sort are they where you're from?" And the stranger tells of a "lowdown, lying, thieving, gossiping, backbiting lot." To which the farmer replies, "Well, I guess that's about the kind of folks you'll find around here." Comes another stranger with the same question, but he tells of a "decent, hardworking, lawabiding, friendly lot" who live where he's from. To which the farmer replies, "Well, I guess that's about the kind of folks you'll find around here."

Abe Lincoln said it best, "Most people are about as happy as they set their minds to be."

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:26 AM

7. awww

such a heartwarming story. Thanks for sharing this

It reminds me of that scene when Santa unexpectedly signs to a deaf little girl in that remake of Miracle on 34th St. (In the original, he speaks Dutch to a war orphan.)

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:42 AM

8. That was wonderful.

Thanks for bringing it here, loved it!

Julie

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:58 AM

9. Remember in "Miracle on 34th Street?

When Kris spoke Dutch to the little war refuge girl?

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:09 AM

10. I think there's something in my eye.

 

Nice story, thanks.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 05:10 PM

12. What a wonderful story.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 05:46 PM

14. A Rabbi recently explained

the Menorah to me as a symbol that the light will overcome the dark; this just improved my whole holiday season.

Merry Christmas (or whichever celebration you wish to have )

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