Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

There are certain pieces of literature that everyone should know - or at least know of.  I have worked in the schools for over ten years, and I say things from literature occasionally.  Such as the title of this post.  So, just in case you have never read it, I will post it.

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

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 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 not Santa Claus.  The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.  
     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.
Francis P Church 
The New York Sun,
September 21, 1897

I hope you have enjoyed the little read, and whether you believe or not, you can say that you have read it.
Until next time,
Nimble Fingers and Even Stitches  

1 comment:

  1. Loved reading this! Thank you for sharing it with us. That is a darling illustration that you selected for this post.