Santa uses social media to reflect the true meaning of Christmas

(Photo Provided/Caleb Ryan Sigmon)

ATHENS, Georgia (WISH) – Caleb Ryan Sigmon has a lot of fun playing Santa every year around the United States.

He is the Artistic Director at Liberty Mountain – The Revolutionary Drama, which is a historical re-enactment tourist attraction.

It is safe to say that Sigmon spends a lot of time interacting with different people, both at his full time job and when he plays Old Saint Nick.

Sigmon regularly posts about his adventures on his Facebook page, and titles them ‘Stories from the Big Chair.’

His most recent post went viral, when he reminded people what the holiday is really all about:

A man walked in today holding something in his arms. “I have a request,” he said, turning around this picture frame. He took a moment. “My son passed away, last year.” He choked up and couldn’t finish his sentence. The entire photo set was silent. I said, “Absolutely.” Without anyone saying anything, he handed me the frame and I placed it on my knee. In the photo, I could see on the little boy’s armband that his first name was Hayden. I didn’t ask any questions, but I am guessing that this is his first photo with Santa. The camera snap was the only sound I could hear through the entire mall. Normally, I hear all kinds of music and sounds, but it was absolutely silent. After a handful of clicks, we walked over to the screen and he pointed, saying, “That’s the one.” The girl working the computer printed him a full photo package and he pulled out his wallet, saying that this was going to be his gift to his wife. We gave him the printed package, telling him that it was a gift and that we would be praying for his family, this Christmas. He grabbed my hand and pulled me in and hugged me, then turned around and left. As he walked out, we all had tears in their eyes. I’m sharing this to remind us all that Christmastime is unbelievably hard for some families. Pray for the brokenhearted. Smile at people. Just be kind. Love one another.

To learn more about this amazing young man and how he is touching the lives of those around him, click here.

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