Santa's Letter to Kids With Autism Lets Them Know They Aren't Alone

Santa claus writing list with a quill at home in the living roomDuring the holiday season, it's not uncommon for a child to write a letter to Santa Claus, or make a visit to see him in the mall. As great of a tradition as this is, it's important to remember the little ones who would love to join in on all the reindeer games, but who might feel a little uncomfortable doing so. This letter from Santa to children with autism is incredibly heartwarming, and has a beautiful twist.


... Santa, too, has autism.

It's not every day that you find a letter written from Santa himself, but this one is dedicated to all the children of the world who have autism.

As you can imagine, Saint Nick knows a thing or two about malls this time of year, and understands firsthand how the crowds and loud noises can be overwhelming. His letter even goes into great detail about growing up with autism, and how he has become more at ease in social settings -- thanks to the love and support he received over the years.

Whenever the reindeer played their reindeer games, all of the hustle, bustle and excitement overwhelmed me, and I would need to lie down and relax. Even when I would go to malls to see other lovely children, like you, I would feel out of place during the holiday season and never really know why.

As I got older, with the help of my elf family, reindeer friends and, of course, Mrs. Claus, I became more and more comfortable in all of these situations. Sometimes I still have a hard time with these things, and that is OK!

Santa's letter hopes to serve as a source of encouragement to children with autism, so they can enjoy their holidays -- and realize they aren't alone.

The elves and I are so excited to meet all of you in person. I can only hope we will be able to host more autism-friendly events for all the children with autism around the world.

This really touched my heart. I'm so glad Kerry Magro (she's an autism advocate and nationally recognized speaker) wrote it on Scary Mommy. I'm saddened whenever I hear that kids with autism think of themselves as being bad.

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Maybe this letter will make children on the spectrum feel more comfortable to try different holiday activities, and not feel horrible if they need to take a break -- or approach things a little differently than others -- should they feel overwhelmed. It's also a wonderful reminder for businesses to think about ways they can help make Christmas and meeting Santa a little more pleasant.

Hopefully, families with a child who has autism can use this to provide comfort during the holidays.



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