A woman candidly photographs Santa bowing in prayer. This is the essence of the Christmas season. <3
Set up your Christmas tree, hang your stockings on the fireplace, and start shopping for gifts since Christmas is quickly approaching. It’s once again that time of year when we sing Christmas carols, watch Christmas movies, and spend time with friends and family.
Most importantly, it is the time when we wait for Santa to bring us our Christmas presents. That is, provided we are not on his bad list.
Aside from that, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without an image of Santa Claus riding his sleigh full of goodies. Santa Claus, sometimes known as Father Christmas, is a mythological figure famed for delivering presents to the homes of well-behaved children on Christmas Eve.
So, when everyone is asleep, you can sneak at night to catch Santa. However, if you’ve been naughty for the whole year, you’ll get a lump of coal.
Despite being a fictional character, it doesn’t stop “real life” Santas from bringing joy to kids.
You can see them in malls and stores across the country, bringing joy and hope to kids. They make each experience magical and memorable that it leaves kids with a giant smile on their lips.
One particular Santa showed his big heart in a much sweeter and different way.
A woman from Texas caught a very compassionate Santa while she was at work. She was so moved by his actions that she couldn’t help herself and took a photo of him. However, it wasn’t when Santa was talking to a kid and delivering Christmas presents.
Being in the hospital during Christmas is incredibly tough, especially for a child. Instead of spending Christmas near a blazing fire surrounded by loved ones and a big Christmas tree, the child has to spend it in a sterile hospital.
Parents and hospital workers do their best to lighten the mood. They invite a jolly Santa Claus to pay a visit to these kids and put a smile on their face. However, these visits can be emotional too for the big man filled with presents.
This is what happened in a hospital in Texas.
Mariana Whitley Tumlinson works at the Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas. The hospital she was working in hired a Santa Claus for the young kids in the facility. Santa entertained the kids and worked really hard to put a smile on their face.
When he was about to leave, he asked Mariana where the chapel was located.
He told Mariana that he wanted to pray for the children. Moved by his request, Mariana pointed him towards the direction of the chapel and left him be. When she walked inside again, she was touched by what she witnessed.
Kneeling in front of the image of Jesus was Santa Claus silently praying.
“I keep getting choked up with this photo,” she wrote on the 2018 Facebook post below. “Today, after Santa visited our patients and was on his way out, he noticed our chapel. He asked if he could go in and pray for the kids he just visited. I, of course, said yes. I didn’t walk In with him right away, but when I did, I was so moved by this image I had to capture it. What a great reminder of the reason for the season. #reasonfortheseason #myfavoritesanta
The photo went viral, and it currently has over 42k likes.
Mariana concluded it with the words:
“What a great reminder of the reason for the season. #reasonfortheseason #myfavoritesanta.”
Truly, Christmas is more than just a time to give presents, but it’s a time to honor the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s the season where we practice kindness, humility, and love for our neighbors. And this big-hearted Santa was doing it right.
We do hope that you practice kindness not only during the holidays but year-round. Merry Christmas!
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