It’s not quite the silly season but this tale of a little boy’s meeting with a stranger he mistook for Santa will have even the biggest Grinch believing in the spirit of Christmas.
Canadian Mark Hurston, while getting a cuppa at coffee and doughnut stop Tim Hortons in his town of Fergus, Ontario, witnessed an interaction that proved to him that despite periods of doom and gloom, there is still good in the world.
“My faith in humanity has been restored on a Monday morning. Walked into Tim Hortons… and this little boy (maybe 4-5) saw this older gentleman and just stopped and looked at him in awe. OMG its (sic) Santa!,” Mark wrote of the chance meeting on his Facebook page.
“The older gent looked down and smiled and asked him if he sent his letter into him yet. The boy said ‘no’ and he would be doing it tonight.
“He said ‘you better be nice to your mom and sister, because I’m watching’. He then said goodbye and was going back to the North Pole to finish the toys with the elves. #santarocks!”
Mark said the man “went into instant Santa mode”.
“Everyone in the restaurant was a bit teary eyed (including me!). There are some great people left in the world,” he says.
The touching moment led him to post about it to his Facebook page, which has since been shared more than 18,000 times.
Hundreds of messages have been posted in response, including one from France, which Mark says was particularly moving:
“It is nice to see such good in this world; memories and moments when people are happy… in a world filled with hate and fear. Last week France lost something. The world did. I want you to know the picture you shared brings back the happiness and joy that was quickly forgotten.”
Interviewed on the local news, ‘Santa’ is now handing out pens he had made specially to give to children to encourage them to write a letter, telling him what they want for Christmas.
“What Santa is trying to put out is give. Let’s give and not take,” he says.
Santa is getting lots of young visitors to the coffee shop thanks to his popularity on social media. Take a look:
Bet you don’t feel all ‘bah humbug’ now, do you? Have your kids penned their Santa lists yet? We’d love to see them and will publish a selection of the funniest and cutest ones here on Babyology. Just fill in the form below, send us a snap of the list they wrote and your child’s letter might be spreading some Christmas cheer to all our readers soon.