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Old 12-24-2004, 11:21 AM
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This famous editorial, "Is There a Santa Claus," first appeared in The New York Sun, Sept. 21, 1897. It was written by Francis Pharcellus Church, an assistant editor of The Sun. We take pleasure in answering at once and 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:


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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’Hanlan

115 W. 95th 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 truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love, generosity and devoting exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary the world would be if there was 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 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 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, not that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy poetry, love and romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernatural 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 he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, 10 times thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.



MERRY CHRISTMAS
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BAJABOB has gone over the edge ever since he found out that CATMANDO is going to be under his tree and was a gift from FIRSTMATE 38.
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BAJABOB has gone over the edge ever since he found out that CATMANDO is going to be under his tree and was a gift from FIRSTMATE 38.


I guess you read the original story back in 1897
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I did and it was bull**** then also !
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I did and it was bull**** then also !
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