SantaVisit2013 014Being sick is never fun for a child, and spending time in a hospital can be especially difficult for families during the holidays. Children sometimes wonder if Santa will be able to find them come Christmas day. But at Seattle Children’s, there’s no need to worry. Every year, Santa makes a very special visit to Children’s – it’s one of his favorites stops along his Christmas route!

With Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen and Rudolph all safely parked atop the roof, Santa spreads Christmas cheer for all to hear, his jolly laugh echoing through the halls of Children’s. And thanks to Santa’s trusty elves, every child receives a present chosen just for them. It’s just one of the many ways Children’s helps families feel more at home for the holidays and cope with being in the hospital on Christmas.

Little Adrian Garcia is only 9 months old and has been at Children’s since he was born. For his family, being in the hospital throughout the holidays has been difficult, but they’re happy they get to spend Christmas together as a family.

SantaVisit2013 005“We were waiting for Santa all morning,” said Samantha Garcia, Adrian’s mother. “It was just so great to have him visit. It was like Adrian knew who he was.”

And although being in the hospital for the holidays might not be where the Garcia would like to be on Christmas, seeing Santa made the day just a little bit brighter.

Happy Holidays!