Terminally Ill 5-Year-Old Dies in Santa’s Arms

It’s hard to imagine a more convincing Santa Claus than Knoxville, Tennessee resident Eric Schmitt-Matzen.

With his long white beard, easy smile, and 6-foot, 300-pound frame, Schmitt-Matzen is like a Saint Nick drawing come to life.

But the most important similarity between Schmitt-Matzen and every kids’ favorite gift-giver has nothing to with appearance, and everything to do with the ability to spread joy to children, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

Schmitt-Matzen recently shared a heartbreaking tale with the Knoxville News Sentinel about the dying wish of a 5-year-old boy who loved Christmas.

The 60-year-old says he received an urgent request from a Knoxville area nurse, who told him that the boy had informed staff that what he wanted more than anything in the world was a final visit from Santa.

“[A local nurse] said there was a very sick 5-year-old boy who wanted to see Santa Claus,” Schmitt-Matzen tells the paper.

“I told her, ‘Okay, just let me change into my outfit.’ She said, ‘There isn’t time for that. Your Santa suspenders are good enough. Come right now.’ ”

Upon arriving, Schmitt-Matzen instructed staff and visitors that it was crucial they maintain their composure:

“I sized up the situation and told everyone, ‘If you think you’re going to lose it, please leave the room,'” he says.

“If I see you crying, I’ll break down and can’t do my job.’”

It’s not hard to see why Schmitt-Matzen experienced a moment of self doubt, but those present say that from the moment he entered the sick child’s room, he never broke character for an instant:

“‘Say, what’s this I hear about you’re gonna miss Christmas?'” the professional Santa recalls telling the boy.

“There’s no way you can miss Christmas! Why, you’re my Number One elf!’”

The frightened child informed Schmitt-Matzen that he had been told he was going to die, and was filled with questions:

“‘They say I’m gonna die. How can I tell when I get to where I’m going?’” the boy asked.

“‘When you get there, you tell ’em you’re Santa’s Number One elf, and I know they’ll let you in.’” Schmitt-Matzen replied.

The two hugged, and the boy uttered his final words:

“Santa, can you help me?”

“I wrapped my arms around him. Before I could say anything, he died right there. I let him stay, just kept hugging and holding on to him,” Schmitt-Matzen explained.

“Everyone outside the room realized what happened. His mother ran in. She was screaming, ‘No, no, not yet!’ I handed her son back and left as fast as I could.”

Schmitt-Matzen says he initially felt that he would never be able to portray Santa again after such a life-changing experience, but had a change of heart after suiting up again for a group of children.

“When I saw all those children laughing, it brought me back into the fold. It made me realize the role I have to play,” Schmitt-Matzen said.

“For them and for me.”


Farrah Abraham Sits on Santa’s Lap, Gets Hate for Days

Farrah Abraham is not the greatest human being — she’s disrespectful, she’s mean-spirited, she’s ignorant, and she insists that she has none of these issues.

But damn, some of y’all are just cold.

Like, yes, Farrah is terrible, but do you have to make it about her face?

Apparently, a lot of people feel like the answer to that question is “yes, we absolutely do have to make it about her face,” because Farrah got ripped to shreds after sharing this photo:

It’s kind of sweet if you squint and have the ability to forget everything Farrah’s ever said or done, right?

She and her daughter, Sophia, are sitting on Santa’s lap, having a merry old time, looking kind of happy.

But still, countless people took to the comments to face-shame Farrah.

“Tell Santa to bring you a new face,” one person wrote. “Yours looks ugly and bloated as sh-t.”

“Ugliest picture I’ve ever seen!” another commented. “You look fat and your makeup is cakey and ratchet.”

Another person tried to be nice, writing “I actually used to think you were very pretty now you just look stupid from all your surgeries such a shame.”

And one more commenter just decided to be direct, telling Farrah “You look like someone just threw up on yo face.”

Other terrible people decided to go after, Sophia, too.

Several of them advised Sophia to ask Santa for a hairbrush, since her hair looks messy from time to time — sure, she’s a child, but why pass up a chance to slam Farrah?

Others — yes, as in multiple people — said that Sophia looks like “a spawn of Satan,” and some even made unbelievably low comments that really shouldn’t even be repeated.

One relatively mild example of those kinds of cruel comments is “Your daughter is going to be ridiculed her whole life because you are such a piece of trash.”

“Bet she wishes her mom died instead of her dad.”

And then, if you can even believe it, the haters even came after Santa Claus.

“Santa’s like yeah bitch I’ll come through the BACK DOOR to drop off those presents this year,” one sad soul actually thought, typed out, then posted.

A similarly tragic human also wrote “I bet you let Santa stick his candy cane in your ass.”

Is nothing sacred?!

Seriously, there are a million things to hate about Farrah, probably even two or three million if you really sit down and think about it.

There’s no need to get so catty about her face, or to bring her innocent child into this.

And there’s definitely no reason to drag Santa into this mess.

Do better, internet. Just this once, just for a little while, do better.