Signs of Christmas: Mall Santa uses sign language to speak with young girl

MIDDLESBROUGH, England (TODAY)–Santa knows how to connect with children all over the world, in every different language.

So it should come as no surprise he could speak with a young tyke who visited him at a British mall over the weekend, despite her mom’s apology that the little girl had a hard time talking.

After asking if the young girl could sign, Santa tapped the tot on the shoulder and began speaking to her in sign language.

The girl answered back in sign, along with nods and smiles. The conversation was caught on camera and posted by the mall.

“It was incredible,” said Graeme Skillen, the Cleveland Shopping Centre manager who witnessed the exchange along with hundreds of visitors, mall staff and security members.

“As soon as it happened, the whole area just went silent. Everyone was just spellbound by it. People were crying in the crowd,” he said. “Members of our security staff were almost crying. It was just an amazing moment.”

Skillen said the man who plays Santa has worked for the Middlesbrough mall for the past four years.

He was hired partly because of his ability to work with children of all backgrounds.

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