Come see us Friday to donate to Kids To Love’s Pack the Backpacks supply drive!

Yes, Tracey, There Is A Santa Claus…

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Okay, if you’re not in a Christmas mood yet, get ready. We have it on good authority that Santa Claus doesn’t always make little children wait until Christmas morning for their surprises. Case in point: 5 year old Tracey Lott. She told Santa today what she really wanted for Christmas was to have her daddy at home. He’s in the Air Force and has been stationed in Germany for the last three years. Well, Santa decided she had waited long enough and granted her wish on the spot.

5 year old Tracey Lott, and her younger sister Aubrey, were all dressed up and patiently waited their turn to sit on the jolly old fat man’s lap to share their deepest Christmas wishes. Tracey had been telling her mother, Katie, that all she really wanted was to have her daddy home.

Seated on his lap, they talked. Santa asked, “Is he the most special person in the world?”

“Yes,” Tracey nodded.

“If you believe, we might see him,” Santa said. He noticed her lapel pin that said she believed in Santa.

“You do believe! She does believe. I think Santa has a very special surprize for you. I want to see him, right here.”

And with that, Sgt. Jonathon Lott walked right up to Santa’s chair to surprise his daughter. She starred at him for a moment as if in disbelief and said, “Daddy.” She slid off Santa’s lap and into her father’s arms.

“I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know how she was going to react,” Katie Lott said. She added, “He was at the airport and didn’t know I was going to get to pick him up and I knew if I didn’t pick him up, I was going to be a wreck when he walked around the corner. So I was kinda glad that we had our moment.”

“There’s no words to describe it. It’s uh, it’s amazing,” Sgt. Jonathon Lott told WHNT News 19.

So yes, Tracey, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, if you believe. And on this Christmas Eve, Tracey believes. 

Sgt. Lott says he will spend the holidays with his family. The Air Force is relocating him to Florida soon, and they’ll be reunited as a family once again.