Little Girl's Wish To Santa Sends 'Tough' Dad Into Tears
Joshua Patton 12/27/2017
If ever there is a time of year when magic feels most real, it's Christmas. Perhaps that's because for children, whose power of belief rivals that of any adult, Christmas is a time for one of their "real life" superheroes to come visit.
The idea of Santa Claus is about much more than gauging who's been naughty or nice, and it's about more than getting presents (or coal, if you end up on that naughty list). The magic of Santa Claus for kids is that with a good-enough heart, literally anything is possible.
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Steve Dane is an outdoorsman who likes to hunt and thinks of himself as a "tough" guy. But as with all tough adults, the way to his heart is through his kids. This father of two knew his kids had to get their moment with the big guy.
In preparation for the holidays, Steve decided to bring his daughter Taylor to Bass Pro Shops to visit Santa. What he wasn't prepared for was how her Christmas wish would affect him.
Taylor's cousin Ashley is currently fighting leukemia, and Steve's little girl believed that if anyone had the power to help her cousin, it was the jolly old elf himself.
So, instead of asking for toys or candy - or a pony or a rocket-ship, all Taylor asked from Santa for Christmas was that he heal her cousin Ashley. The little girl couldn't help but get emotional, and neither could her dad.
The idea of Santa is a powerful one, but even it has its limits. So the man in the red suit told Taylor that while he couldn't do as she specifically asked, there was someone else she could turn to, someone a little higher-up on the Christmas miracle chain-of-command.
As Steve wrote in his Facebook post:
"Santa then did something that was more amazing than what my daughter did. He has a hundred kids in line and I'm sure he has had kids all day begging for the toys they want him to bring. This man stops all the commotion and tells her he even as Santa does not have the power to heal but knows someone who can. Then Santa bowed his head and prayed with my daughter for her cousin. I am a big tough guy but there I stood in my favorite store bass pro shops crying like a baby."
Steve said that this touching moment with a sporting goods store Santa was a lesson for his family and, by extension the rest of us, in what Christmas is really about.
People can get caught up in the materialistic aspects of Christmas easily enough, and there is nothing wrong with giving gifts to the people who mean the most to you. But Taylor and Santa together remind us that selflessness and compassion are the best gifts we can ever give.
Watch the touching scene unfold in the video below: