15th December

Advent Calendar: 26 days of Christmas 2020

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

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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 do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds.

 

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

 

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 all the wonders there are unseen in the world.

 

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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