A Santa Claus at a shopping centre captured the true spirit of Christmas when he used sign language to communicate with a young deaf girl. The moment was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube via The Cleveland Centre's Facebook page, and the comments the clip garnered were full of praise.
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The little girl is seen sitting on Santa's lap, donning a matching festive hat, while her mum cooes, "You're so cute!"
When Santa asks, "What do you want for Christmas?" the youngster appears not to hear or respond.
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Santa asks, "What do you want for Christmas?" but the youngster appears not to respond
"Sorry she can't talk very well," says her mum. "She's impaired in her speech."
"Can she sign at all?" asks Santa.
"Yes, she does animals and things like that, she's getting there," says the mum.
The youngster signs back, saying she would like a scooter for Christmas
Santa then taps the little girl on her arm to get her attention, and starts to sign to her. The pair have a sweet exchange, with the youngster asking for a scooter for Christmas.
"You want a scooter? Aw bless her," says her mum.
The tear-jerking clip proved a hit with YouTube users, with one commenting: "This guy deserves a medal. Best video I have seen in a long time. He made that little girl's year right there."
"And here I was believing that Santa didn't exist...," wrote another.
"This has got to be the most truly amazing few minutes we have experienced," a spokesperson for the shopping centre said
"We believe the Cleveland Centre Santa is real and this truly shows the magic and spirit of Christmas, just like Miracle on 34th Street," a spokesperson for the shopping centre told a local newspaper.
"Santa wants to make sure every child who visits really does experience what this time of year is all about," they added. "Santa will take his time with each and every child and will try and put a smile on their faces.
"Santa has been coming to the Cleveland Centre for four years now and this has got to be the most truly amazing few minutes we have experienced."