Rivertown-Crossing-Mall

A magical moment was caught on camera when Santa Claus comforted a child who was worried his autism would put him on the “naughty list.”

A photo shows the Santa at the RiverTown Crossings mall with his arm around the 6-year-old boy as the child leans against him. “It’s OK to be yourself,” the Santa told him, according to the boy’s mother, Naomi Johnson.

Johnson said her son Landon went back to the Santa after seeing him with his cousins and told him “sometimes he gets in trouble at school and it’s hard for people to understand that he has autism and that he’s not a naughty boy.”

The Santa told the boy not to worry and that he has been “a very good boy being who he is.”