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Super Gram
11-30-2008, 06:40 PM
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
By Francis P. Church, first published in The New York Sun in 1897. [See The People’s Almanac, pp. 1358–9.]
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 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 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 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 childhood.

hopbugy
12-01-2008, 11:22 AM
When u stop believing in santa u get clothes for xmass

MaO3
12-01-2008, 11:41 AM
I always told my kids that Santa only comes to those who believe.
They are 22, 19 & amost 18 and I have NEVER heard from any of them that they don't believe in santa, and they still get presents!!
:)

Chaotic Chick
12-01-2008, 11:53 AM
My kids are the same way, Ma. I told them if I heard anything about there being no Santa, there would be no gifts from him... so far, it has worked. The 10 and 12 year old wrote letters to Santa last week lol. I don't think the 16 and 18 year old have written their letters yet, but I know they will. :P

Super Gram
12-02-2008, 04:28 PM
Then your kids were lucky,,,,,,when I was 10 yrs old my mom said there was no santa claus..so I stopped getting anything from him.........but my kids sure did

Super Gram
12-02-2008, 04:51 PM
I believe you....hohoho

SusyQ
12-02-2008, 04:59 PM
I sat on his knee last year he was very happy too see me. :shaha:

A*lil*Loopy
12-02-2008, 07:04 PM
I unfortunately found myself in a predicament one Easter and was faced with the terrible task of explaining that the Easter Bunny wasn't real to my son. He was I believe 8 at the time. I explained in such a manner that it was fine and he still believed that Santa was indeed real. But the thought of a giant bunny seemed so funny after discussing it with him.........................

So, he decided to tell the woman at the local store by the park that Mom had fessed up and how funny it was that there really was no giant Easter bunny. Well, the miserable sow just had to say, "Well of course there is no Easter Bunny, your Mom has been pretending just the same as she pretends there is a Santa, you know it's her and Santa isn't real, don't you?"

OMFG!! It took a lot of damage control to bring him back into the believing. I could still smack that woman. To believe is to have hope, and who doesn't want that?
He's 19 now and still jokes that he wants something from Santa, and he gets it.