After waiting in an endless line, most kids are plopped down on Santa’s lap for a quick conversation and an obligatory photo. But a Miami toddler wasn’t having it. She told Santa "no" — and he was only too happy to hear it. "When she said, ‘No,’ I’m thinking, ‘OK, I'm Santa. That’s a huge responsibility,'" Steve Lantz, a pastor and paid Santa Claus in Miami, Florida, told Fox News Digital. DEAF GIRL FINALLY TELLS SANTA WHAT SHE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS AFTER ELF HELPS HER 'SIGN' HER WISH LIST "Because you're not just a celebrity impersonator — there's a legacy. Even before he was Santa, he was Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra," added Lantz. "I’ve got to get this right." Last week, Katie Love and her three-year-old daughter Adley dressed up to visit Santa Claus at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami. "They were having a holiday party and my daughter for weeks has been so excited to meet Santa and tell him that she wants a purple bike for Christmas," said Love, a social media strategist, to Fox News Digital. MEET THE AMERICAN WHO CREATED THE FIRST DEPARTMENT-STORE SANTA: IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEUR JAMES EDGAR "We're actually Jewish, but she is obsessed with all things Christmas," the mom added. As they waited in line, Love said her daughter was watching kids go up to sit on Santa’s lap. "I could tell she was getting a little nervous," Love told Fox News Digital. "So I said, ‘Adley, you can go up there, but you don't have to sit on his lap. That's your choice. You can decide what you feel most comfortable with.'" Then it was finally Adley's turn to go up and talk to Santa. WORRIED ABOUT YOUR KID FREAKING OUT DURING A SANTA VISIT? CHECK OUT THESE TIPS TO AVOID A FULL-BLOWN MELTDOWN Seated in a grand red upholstered chair, Santa asked her if she would like to sit on his lap. And the child answered, "No." @katielovesocial This response was 🔥Thank you Santa for respecting my daughter's choice & even applauding her for it!🎄🎅 #toddlersoftiktok #santaclaus #christmastiktok #toddlersbelike #adviceforgirls #importantmessage #toddlermom #toddlertok #wholesomemoments #femaleempowerment #girlpower #bodyautonomy ♬ original sound - Katie Love "It could have been a moment for Santa to make her feel awkward or uncomfortable, or he could have even just ignored it," Love said. But instead, Santa affirmed Adley’s decision. "The idea of exchanging physical touch in order to get something or to get a present is a concept that I want to move away from, as I am trying to teach my daughter to be a confident woman." "I'm thinking this is my opportunity as a minister to be a legit Santa," Lantz said. "So I'm not thinking of the ‘ho ho hos.’ I'm just thinking about what's good, what's loving, what's kind, what's right, what's godly." GEN Z PARENTS REFUSING TO TEACH THEIR KIDS ABOUT SANTA, CLAIM IT'S 'TRAUMATIZING' Katie Love got out her phone and started recording. Lantz told little Adley that it was her choice to sit on his lap or not — a message that Love said she wanted her daughter to hear. "He told her it’s her body and she gets to decide — and that not even Santa can make that decision for her," Love said. "And I thought that was a really incredible moment because the idea of sitting on Santa's lap is very antiquated," added the mom. "The idea of exchanging physical touch in order to get something or to get a present is a concept that I want to move away from, as I am trying to teach my daughter to be a confident woman." ELF IN LOUISIANA FAMILY'S HOME GOES MISSING: DOG LOOKS GUILTY, KIDS ARE CRYING Love posted the video on her TikTok account — where it has garnered some two million views. "I wasn't expecting the video to resonate with so many people, but I got so many messages and comments from people who say they feel the same way," Love said. "We love an educated Santa," one TikTok user commented. "Way to teach your little lady boundaries early," another user wrote. WHAT'S THE STORY WITH CHRISTMAS COOKIES? WHY DO WE LEAVE COOKIES FOR SANTA? "All Santas take note," another person commented. Lantz, a father of two young children himself, said there’s a song called "My Body" that he and his wife taught their kids. "I think that teaching my daughter that ‘no’ is a complete sentence, and that she should be empowered to say it without ramifications, has been really important." "It's part of a curriculum to help protect your children from sexual abuse," Lantz said. "The chorus is, "My body's nobody's body but mine. You run your own body. Let me run mine.’ Instead of warning them about freaks and instilling fear, we thought, Let's teach them how valuable their body is, how valuable they are and that they control their body, not adults." Some viewers said they thought the little girl looked confused by the whole interaction — and neither Love nor Lantz can deny that. "Her mom said she was probably more confused that I didn't respond to her request," Lantz said. "That she's probably going, ‘Wait. I said I want a purple bike, and you’re telling me my body’s my body.’" Love said other commenters on TikTok thought Adley was "way too young" to be taught such lessons. "I really don't agree with that," she said. "Children have such little control, and for her to understand that she's in control of who touches her body and who she wants to give physical touch to is very important. I don't think that that's something that she needs to wait to learn." HOLIDAY PHOTO HUNT: HOW FAST CAN YOU FIND SANTA'S MISSING RED HAT? The larger message, Love said, is for women to stand up for themselves and listen to their instincts. "I think that teaching my daughter that ‘no’ is a complete sentence, and that she should be empowered to say it without ramifications, has been really important," Love said. "I grew up saying ‘yes’ and trying to be a people pleaser. We were just taught to be polite and to hug the uncle we didn't want to hug or to sit on Santa's lap." In this — his very first season as a paid Santa — Lantz said he’s already picked up on a lot. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER "One thing that I've learned, and you learn this real quick, is that every kid matters," Lantz said. "You have to deal with the kid in front of you. You can't worry about the line. And so you treat every kid as special and you don't rush," he added. At home, Adley is an affectionate child who gives her mom and dad hugs and kisses all the time, Love said. But she knows how to draw a boundary. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "Kids can still have a magical interaction with Santa without having to sit on someone's lap that they don't know," Love said. "As she grows up, I hope that's something she remembers and that it leads her down a path of feeling strong and empowered." For more Lifestyle articles, visit www.foxnews.com/lifestyle.