Skip to comments.The Most Famous Editorial
Posted on 12/24/2005 8:27:57 PM PST by Old Sarge
Last Christmas, I shared this editorial with all my FRiends here, while I was icebound in West Virginia heading back from leave to report for mobilization.
This year, at my station in Ramadi, Iraq, on Christmas morning, as tracer rounds thread the sky southeast of me, I offer this simple story, a very favorite of mine, for all my FRiends again. Take the time to read it - REALLY read it - and understand that Santa has visited your troops, and he left the greatest gift of them all.
A Soldier's Merry Christmas to you all!
"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."
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 measure by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists 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 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 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 man that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, 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 he lives forever. A thousand years from now, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
Merry Christmas Sarge to you and your kids. Thank you for your service to America.
That is very beautiful, Sarge! Love the Christmas font. Hope you have a good, quiet day...and be sure to tell the "kids" Merry Christmas from LUV! ((((hugs)))) God bless you, hero!
I've been taking some time out from FR to wage some local political battles but I still check in from time to time.
Anyhow, I could not let Christmas Eve pass without wishing the very best to all my friends on FR. And a special Holiday Wish to Jim for all the great times here and this fantastic forum.
Merry Christmas to All!
And the same to you and all of yours, BJN!!!
God love you and protect you, Sarge.
Happy Jesus' Birthday to you!!!
Merry Christmas to the staff of Freerepublic.com, from the Ramadi Chapter in Iraq (population 2)!
Merry Christmas, old friend and new FRiend.
CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS to Old Sarge and the Kids
Thank you for serving our country
Merry Christmas, Old Sarge.
Thank You, for your service to our nation.
Thanks so much for posting this in full. You are right, it is the most famous editorial of all time, if that doesn't show the power of Santa Claus, what does?
Merry Christmas Old Sarge, and thanks for keeping me and my family safe this Christmas day.
Merry Xmas! and a Happy New Year! God guard you and yours in whose charge they are placed.
Thanks Uncle, and the best of all back to you and yours this Christmas Day!!!
Merry Christmas sweetie!! Big huge thank you hugs to you!! You're still my hero!
And Merry Christmas to you, my best FRiend!
I was just giggling remembering "Operation Jalopy Rescue" and you heard "Some Beach" for the first time and came back to the Canteen and requested it. LOL!!
Oh, good Lawsy, that's RIGHT!!! ROTFLMAO!!!
"Some Beach" - load that up, willya??
Thank you. Do stay in touch with us as time and conditions dictate. I am sure any in country analysis you can provide us with would be much appreciated. Lets face it. There is nothing like hearing from NCO and upward of the true condtions as time moves on in your AOR. Obviosly we cannot trust the stuff offered from lily white wrist reporters. Semper FI Sarg.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas. That story is also a favorite of mine. Thanks for posting it.
Thanks. Merry Christmas.
My husband and I had this discussion with our son last night. He's 26. His two siblings are married and we have one grandchild. Charlie was arguing that maybe we shouldn't encourage our granddaughter to believe in Santa Claus since she'll find out some day that he doesn't exist. We both told him that we do believe in Santa and all he stands for and my husband asked him whether there was any proof that someone who grew up not believing in Santa was any stronger or healthier and he said that fantasy was a part of mental and social development. Oh, well, this editorial says it so well.
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We wish you & the Kids a Very Happy Christmas
Our Christmas wish is that you & the kids complete your tour of duty & return home safely & unharmed.
You do your duty & we'll do the worrying
LOL:) Mom & me
You'll shortly see what XMas looks like for us.
Not Pc. God bless us, one and all,and God bless America, Merry Christmas!!!!!!!
Oh, it's such a simple formulation! I explained to my daughters that kids who don't believe in Santa only get clothes for Christmas.
It worked until they were twelve or so, when they started wanting clothes for Christmas!
By the way, I believe!