Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus…

  Does Santa Claus still bring toys and gifts to good little boys and girls around the world? Sometimes children have doubts about Santa Claus and wonder if he is real.

In 1897 a little 8-year-old girl  named Virgina O’ Hanlon decided the way to find out if there really was a Santa Claus was to ask the best source she could find was The New York Sun.

This is the story about a letter that Virgin wrote to The New York Sun I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.  I am 8 years old and some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says,  If you see it in The Sun then it’s so please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?

Signed Virginia O’Hanlon

This is the response as published in The New York Sun.

Virginia, your little friends are wrong they have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except 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 truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist. 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 Virginians.

 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 external 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 you 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 image all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You 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, poetry, romance, can push aside that curtain and view 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 lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of children.

Francis P. Church   

 

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