By Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

RACINE, Wi. — One mall Santa Claus not only knows if you’ve been naughty or nice, he also knows American Sign Language.

Hearing-impaired children visiting the Regency Square Mall in Racine, Wisconsin, were surprised to be able to share their gift wants with the red-draped wish maker.

“The children appreciate the idea that they can come and talk to me, talk to Santa without having to go through their parents or their siblings to interpret for them,” Santa told WITI.

He is able to ask them by signing, “What do you want for Christmas?”

But it’s not just the children who appreciate the effort of inclusion.

“I had one mother who was deaf herself back there and she cried because it is her first time as an adult she had ever seen Santa sign for her child,” Santa said.

Mall Santa uses sign language to include hearing-impaired children

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