Is There a Santa Claus? YES there is!

norman rockwell shoppingIMG_3136

Is There a Santa Claus?
1897
We take pleasure in answering at once thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of "The Sun":

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 n

o 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 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.

Editorial by Francis Pharcellus Church

 

My thoughts on Santa Clause!

116 years ago this letter appeared the times have changed but not the spirit of Christmas and Santa Clause. Christmas magic happens everyday, the season brings out the best in people. I'm a Santa Clause believer. I can remember when a teacher at Plymouth River School in Hingham told my older sisters class that Santa did not exist. She came home and told me, I remember opening gifts and sobbing, it was the worst Christmas, I can still remember the sick feeling. My parents, Barbara and Tom went to that school and talked to the principle and teacher about her heartless beliefs and passing them on to children.A irresponsible use of power and trust.

As a mother and a believer, I want everyone to open their hearts and minds and look beyond Santa's helpers, look beyond the merchandising, Close your eyes for a minute and envision, a workshop in the North Pole, Reindeers, gifts being packed in the sleigh. the look of a Childs face on Christmas morning. Picture this in your mind. Then buy a gift for a stranger, throw a extra twenty into the Red Cross bucket say Merry Christmas to a stranger, help at the church, wrap presents. Lets keep the Omni mystical being of Santa all year and see the Christmas magic happen everyday. Till the day I die and there after I believe in Santa Clause. 

 

This entry was posted in holidays and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.