The holidays bring out something special in Aaron. Every year, he shares the Christmas spirit with the Arizona desert by decorating his neighborhood. It’s only when the neighbors look outside to see red and green crafts from the boy down the street that they know Christmas has officially come.
But more than just the ornaments and wreaths, decorating for the holidays gives Aaron a particular sense of happiness. It always has. It’s the best time of year for the boy who spends so much of his time battling a life-threatening illness. It’s a time he can bring joy to others.
When Aaron arrives at Macy’s in New York City, he is in awe at the sight before him. Piles of ornaments –with glitter of every shade! – are at his disposal. A giant tree stands in the corner of the window, waiting to be adorned with the decorations of his choice. He also finds ribbons and wreaths and presents all await; soon, shoppers will admire them all once Aaron has finished his handiwork. This is a field day for him, and his eyes light up with so much excitement as he sets to the task.
By the end of the day, the finished window almost matches the glow of Aaron’s proud smile. The holiday shoppers take pictures of his beautiful work, and he basks in the moment. Today, he is not the boy who has spent so much of his life battling leukemia. Instead, Aaron is one of Santa’s very own elves, spreading cheer in a way that only he can.