It's the day Mike Miller waits for every year. It's a day he gets to put smiles on children's faces, and put gifts in their hands with a Santa Claus suit on.
"It's humbling, it's awesome, it makes Christmas, it really does," said Mike and his wife, Lynn, dressed as Mrs. Claus.
For 18 years each Christmas Eve, Miller has been suiting up, and bringing Mrs. Claus along for the priceless journey through the many floors of the Children's Hospital of Buffalo.
"We're Santa and Mrs. Claus! This year is a very light year, which is awesome because that means everybody is home," said Mike and Lynn.
But this was a tradition long before his first year doing this. Miller's dad once was the man behind the beard.
"He and my mom did Mr. and Mrs. Claus for ten to 12, to 15 years! It's my dad's Christmas present to me," said Mike.
And it's the gift that keeps on giving. In just about three to four hours, Santa and Mrs. Claus deliver gifts to kids, like 14-month-old Jaclynn Jaworski. All to make their Christmas a little sweeter.
"They have just brought our spirits up," said Amy Jaworski, mother of Jaclynn. "We've been very upset. It's horrible to be at the hospital any day of the year. Christmas it's worse."
Jaclynn was admitted into the hospital for her second time in two months one week ago.
"Jaclynn is a breath holder," said Amy. "We had a little bit of a scare this week."
But Saturday morning Jaclynn was all smiles and hugs, while holding her new "Frozen" doll.
"They've made it more bearable," said Amy. "When you're here with a sick child... I'm gonna cry... it's just really hard."
And another Christmas Eve present: the family gets to go home. Just another reason to be thankful for this Christmas Eve, both to Santa and the hospital.
"They definitely captured the spirit and taken very good care of us," said Amy.
"The staff here over the years, they do all the work, and we steal all the glory," said Mike. "They're the heroes."
A decade-long tradition, to bring joy during the holidays.
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