Instead, the special surprise came personally delivered from Santa himself—in the form of sign language.
For the first time in her little life, Sadie Adam sat on Santa’s lap and the jolly-old-guy knew exactly what she was sharing, with 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, taught Santa all the sign language he needed to know in order to prepare for her daughter’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 little Sadie, who has been deaf 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.”