Monday, December 25, 2017

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in The New York Sun in 1897 and remains appropriate for this holiday season 120 years later. -- The Editorial Board Is there a Santa Claus? 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,


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.

115 West Ninety-Fifth Street.


The reply:

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 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 life 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 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 may 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, fancy, poetry, love, 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, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-12-24 01:10 PM

beautiful. Happy Christmas, Doc.

#2 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-24 02:14 PM

Yes, Virginia, but there is also an Al Franken and a Harvey Weinstein. Be very careful who's lap you make wishes on.

#3 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-12-24 06:41 PM

Comparing Al Franken to Harvey Weinstein is the act of a very weak mind. Often intelligence is the ability to discern the difference between people and things, COOKFISH displays an inability to tell the difference between a racist and basically a comedian. His post says more about himself and his lack of intelligence than about Al Franken.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-25 08:15 AM

"Often intelligence is the ability to discern the difference between people and things, COOKFISH displays an inability to tell the difference between a racist and basically a comedian. "

should have been: "Often intelligence is the ability to discern the difference between people and things, COOKFISH displays an inability to tell the difference between a rapist and basically a comedian."

One letter makes a big difference

#5 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-25 08:16 AM

The greatest Santa ever ...

In between gorging on hot dogs, beers, women, and hitting prodigious homeruns ~

#6 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-12-25 08:52 AM

Republicans won't even renew CHIPS and we have Virginia asking if there is really a Santa Clause?
Sorry Virginia, no, we have a Republican Congress managed by Scrooges. And yes Virginia, some kids will die because of this and those Republican Scrooges will celebrate tax cuts for rich folks.
Merry Christmas!

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-25 09:03 AM

I feel and look like Santa Claus today. But, it's really just the glög.


#8 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-12-25 12:33 PM

Everyone deserves to get tight once a year. Even if it's the ridiculous concoction of Courvoisier and diet Coke.

#9 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-12-25 01:37 PM

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