Yes, Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Mojo Chick'n, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.




    "DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
    "Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
    "Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'
    "Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

    "VIRGINIA O'HANLON.
    "115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET."

    VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

    Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

    Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

    You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

    No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
     
  2. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for posting that. I love the answer given here. Faith and Facts, I have no problem believing in both at the same time.

    If there is no Santa, then there is no parental love, no giving tis better than receiving, no joy in a secret gift, and no joy in fufilling a wish.

    Again, thank you.

    holly>berry>holly>berry>holly>berry>holly>berry
     
  3. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:you're welcome [​IMG] My kids think I'm nuts cause I tell them I still believe in Santa Claus.

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    meri
     
  4. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    that is great... I love it.
     
  5. jnjross

    jnjross Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    edwards, ms
    DD who's 3, saw santa at bass pro friday night and it was the first year she didn't cry, she was so enchanted, she talked to him!, and told him she wanted a pony and he understood what she said!!, Dh couldn't understand her, she would have sat there all night with him! [​IMG]
     
  6. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    That was so sweet and beautiful and well written I started to cry!
     
  7. mainchick

    mainchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when my kids first asked about Santa being real I said that santa is in our hearts. We can all have a bit of Santa if we have a giving heart.
     

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