You'll need tissues, trust me.

THIS man embodies Christmas.

Eric Schmitt-Matzen is 6 feet tall, 310 pounds, and is every bit St. Nick as anyone could be. This professionally trained Santa is a mechanical engineer by trade, but at the holidays, he transforms into the real deal for about 80 gigs.

A few weeks ago, he received a call from a nurse he knew from a nearby Tennessee hospital, saying a 5 year old boy was very sick, near death. He rushed to the hospital, and spent a few minutes with the little one.

‘“They say I’m gonna die,’ he told me. ‘How can I tell when I get to where I’m going?’

“I said, ‘Can you do me a big favor?’

“He said, ‘Sure!’

“When you get there, you tell ’em you’re Santa’s Number One elf, and I know they’ll let you in.

“He said, ‘They will?’

“I said, ‘Sure!’

“He kinda sat up and gave me a big hug and asked one more question: ‘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.


Merry Christmas, Mr. Matzen. You truly are a miracle.