Yes, Virginia There Is A Santa Claus ~ Anchored In Him ~ Christmas 2003

Editorial Page, New York Sun, 1897

We take pleasure in answering 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:

"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 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 imagine 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, 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.

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 childhood.

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