Sharing Christmas Wishes With "Signing Santa"

Dallas-area school districts students to share Christmas wish lists with ASL-fluent Santa

By Catherine Ross
|  Thursday, Dec 6, 2012  |  Updated 6:52 PM CDT
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Deaf and hearing-impaired children visited with an ASL-fluent Santa Claus at the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano.

Catherine Ross, NBC 5 Collin County Reporter

Deaf and hearing-impaired children visited with an ASL-fluent Santa Claus at the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano.

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Dozens of hearing-impaired children shared their Christmas lists with a Santa who speaks their language.

For the fifth year in a row, the Shops at Willow Bend hosted "Signing Santa" for children from North Texas cities such as Plano, Garland, Mesquite and Greenville.

"You can tell them about Santa Claus, but until they see him, touch him, he signs to them, they don't really understand it," said Greenville third-grade teacher Amy Cook. "When I told them, 'Santa Claus can sign, you can talk to him,' they were like, 'Really?'"

"Santa knows sign language -- he knows all languages," Santa Claus said.

One of Cook's students, 9-year-old Abdiel Reyna of Greenville, said it was "cool" to see Santa communicating in American Sign Language.

Abdiel, who had never seen a signing Santa before, asked for Legos for Christmas.

The marketing director for the Shops at Willow Bend said Signing Santa is one of the mall's favorite annual events.

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