Visiting Santa

“SANTA!  OH MY GOD!  SANTA’S COMING!  I KNOW HIM!  I KNOW HIM!”
Buddy the Elf, Elf

Today was a historic first for Kaitlyn.  Today was her first visit with Santa.  In the past, we have offered her the chance to go see Santa, and she has steadfastly declined.

But this year was different.  This year, there was a “Sensory Santa” program intent on providing spectrum kids an anxiety-free visit with Santa.  There were special elves there from SPAA to help any kids that were anxious, and there was a table where they could write a letter to Santa, and a table where they could create their own ornament.

Kaitlyn took advantage of both table, and Allison helped her write her letter, and Sarah helped her with her ornament.  After completing her ornament, it was time for the visit with Santa.  Kaitlyn was pretty apprehensive at first, and Amber had to escort her up to his seat, but she stood on her own as he checked her list; when he was done, he asked if there was anything else, and Kaitlyn replied, “no thank you.” (I guess a list 25 items strong is plenty for her.)

Kaitlyn even had her picture made with Santa, even though it took a few takes to get it just right.  Overall, I would say that today was an enormous success.  I am really appreciative to the SPAA elves for giving up part of their Saturday morning to help at an event like this.  Just when I think they have exhausted ways to amaze me, they outdo themselves.

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
Buddy the Elf, Elf

 

 

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