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Baby signing 'help' from Santa's lap goes viral

Baby signing 'help' from Santa's lap goes viral

Social media users quickly began sharing the image showing her son Samuel visiting Santa Claus at a mall in Maryland when he was 1 year old.

However the mother of the child, Kerry Spencer clarified that children don't always sign perfectly so he most likely was signaling for "help" in this photo. This is the sign for "help".

Her family has been laughing about the picture for years, but this year the Stevenson University professor, now living in Maryland, made a decision to tweet the photo.

The tweet also caused a mini debate on social media about the accuracy of Sam's sign. The tweet now has more than 27,800 likes and more than 7,400 retweets.

Some viewers of the photo have pointed out that the signing of "help" wasn't technically correct.

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Spencer says her son is now 13 years old, and by the looks of his Twitter, he's handling this whole internet viral fame thing pretty well.

Instead of trying to share cheer with a humorous photo of her son, Spencer ran into some critics online. "Posting it to Facebook is one of our favorite family traditions". "So we didn't try to get him to go much after that", said Spencer.

"I was standing to the side when the pic was taken and actually didn't see that he was signing for help until I saw the photo", his mom told TODAY Parents. "It's ASL baby sign; like with spoken language certain words are "mispronounced" by babies learning them".

Teaching hearing babies sign language has become increasingly popular as a way to communicate before children are able to speak. "They say, 'it's just not normal for one man to know so much!'"


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