When 2 years old boy Alfie saw Mr Hussain walk outside his house he immediately shouted ‘Santa!’. Mr Hussain turned around and told Alfie’s mom he couldn’t pass without giving the little boy a gift.
Alfie was convinced this man was the real Santa Claus.
Hussain works as an accountant down the road from Alfie’s home. His big white beard is certainly what made the little boy think he was Santa. But Hussain couldn’t help but play along and has since made it a habit to visit their house every year during Christmas with a gift for Alfie and his sister Hayley.
And after getting to know the family, he even now visit on their birthdays.
Alfie’s mom says she remembers “little Alfie shouting out for me, ‘look it’s Father Christmas!’”
Hussain “got three houses away and came back to knock on my door; he said he couldn’t pass without giving a gift as my little boy thought he was Father Christmas,” Ashford-Rose continued.
“This was four years ago, and we still exchange gifts to each other. He comes to see Alfie and my daughter Hayley on their birthdays and gives gifts, he never forgets, the dates.
“We now call him Grandad Christmas. We see him throughout the year, he shakes Alfie’s hand, and has a cuddle. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without him now.”
Amanda Taylor Purchase, a former neighbour of the family, was at the house when Hussain came by last Sunday, and she shared their story on Facebook.
“It’s not very often that I get a tear in my eye at a photoshoot, but that guy just did it for me. I thought I had to tell that story” she said.
“I’ve known Alfie since he was just a baby, there’s not much that stops him in his tracks, but when he saw ‘Father Christmas’ he came running into me and said ‘you’ve got to come, the real Santa Claus is at our door, he comes to our house.’”
“When I looked out I was a bit confused because Hussain does not actually look like Father Christmas” Amanda said “Not at all. Obviously it’s just the beard association for Alfie. Hussain is a little fellow, very skinny, wearing a business suit. It’s the sweetest thing, Alfie doesn’t see the colour of skin, the colour of clothing, he sees the colour of someone’s heart.”
“This guy looked so friendly and so welcoming and he saw his big white beard and thought he was Santa Claus.”
“One year there were balloons outside and he saw it was his birthday,” Amanda added. “Now he stops by and gives him a birthday present, and a Christmas present, it’s become a tradition.
“For him to come back and knock every year and not forget his birthday, not forget Christmas, and even remember his older sister who doesn’t believe in Santa. it’s just the sweetest thing.”
When Amanda posted the story on a Facebook group, many people were so touched that they said they decided to give their own gifts to Hussain.
Amanda and Alfie took two bags filled with treats to Hussain on Friday.
“I don’t want to make assumptions but if he’s not a Christian man, if it’s not his faith, but he’s still doing all of this for a little boy, he’s just going above and beyond,” said Amanda.