For 6-year-old Sadie, the best Christmas gift she received didn’t come with a bow on it.
Instead, her special surprise came directly delivered from Santa himself… in the form of sign language.
For the first time in her small life, Sadie Adam sat on Santa’s lap and the jolly old man knew exactly what she was sharing, no interpreter needed.
“I am glad I was able to communicate with Sadie,” Westminster’s police chief Salvatore Albert, who has played Santa for 15 years, told ABC News. “It was amazing to see the smile on her face and her eyes wide open with joy that Santa knew sign language. I am going to try to learn more for next year.”
Sadie’s mom, Ronelle, was the one who sat down with Santa and taught him all the sign language he needed to know in order to prepare for Sadie’s visit on December 6.
“She sat with me for about an hour,” said Albert. “I practiced it for three days.”
As Santa signed “Merry Christmas” to an unsuspecting Sadie, “her eyes were bright, wide open,” he told ABC affiliate WCVB.
“Santa knew my name. He knew how to sign it,” an ecstatic Sadie signed. “I told him what I wanted– a kitchen and a baby.”
“I knew she’d be surprised, so I was just so happy,” her mom said. “I instantly started tearing up.”
For Sadie, who has been deaf for most of her life, this is certainly a Christmas she’ll never forget.
“This is the first time anyone has had any special request of any kind,” said Albert. “I was very happy to be able to do it.”