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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
The New York Sun via The Newseum ^ | 1897-09-21

Posted on 12/24/2008 9:58:37 AM PST by rabscuttle385

"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 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 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 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 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, VIRGINIA, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.



TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: christmas; lettertotheeditor; santaclaus; yesvirginia

1 posted on 12/24/2008 9:58:38 AM PST by rabscuttle385
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To: rabscuttle385

For our KOC Christmas Greeting on the local access station, I changed it to “Yes Virginia, there is a Jesus”.


2 posted on 12/24/2008 10:01:37 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: PAR35; TigerLikesRooster; bamahead; AndyJackson; Thane_Banquo; nicksaunt; MadLibDisease; ...

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

(Luke 2:10-14, NIV)

. . . . .

Merry Christmas to all on the ping lists!


3 posted on 12/24/2008 10:04:49 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

Yes, Virginia, there is a boogeyman.

4 posted on 12/24/2008 10:06:15 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham ("A laurel, and hearty handshake ....")
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To: rabscuttle385

Merry Christmas from a member of the Templars (S.M.O.T.J.)!


5 posted on 12/24/2008 10:07:44 AM PST by TheBlueMax (I'm for small government. Whatever the Government wants, I'm usually against it. (Mark Steyn))
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To: rabscuttle385
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7 posted on 12/24/2008 10:10:17 AM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY)|http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/|RCongressIn2Years)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Thanks for nothing for posting that.


8 posted on 12/24/2008 10:12:49 AM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY)|http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/|RCongressIn2Years)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
Yes, Virginia, there is a boogeyman.

Wrong Messiah!

9 posted on 12/24/2008 10:12:58 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: sionnsar

This whole Santa Clause business is just strange to me. Always has been. Why do people want to believe in a fake magical old man, when there´s actually a true story about St Nick?


10 posted on 12/24/2008 10:14:55 AM PST by villagerjoel (1984 was not supposed to be an instruction manual!)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

E-freaking-gad...that was uncalled for.


11 posted on 12/24/2008 10:14:58 AM PST by SoDak (Molon Labe)
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To: rabscuttle385

I just saw the original letter on an “Antiques Roadshow” highlights segment. It was brought in by a family member, with a full panoply of provenance and documentation.


12 posted on 12/24/2008 10:16:52 AM PST by MainFrame65 (The US Senate: World's greatest PREVARICATIVE body!.)
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To: rabscuttle385

all I want for Christmas is a bailout


13 posted on 12/24/2008 10:17:29 AM PST by woofie
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To: rabscuttle385

I’ve always had my suspicions about that Virginia O’Hanlon letter. What child refers to her own friends as “my little friends”?


14 posted on 12/24/2008 10:22:29 AM PST by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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To: rabscuttle385

15 posted on 12/24/2008 10:22:29 AM PST by dan1123 (Liberals sell it as "speech which is hateful" but it's really "speech I hate".)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

LOL


16 posted on 12/24/2008 10:23:12 AM PST by DogBarkTree (Sometimes you have to let it go in order to get a Grip.)
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To: rabscuttle385
Dear Virginia

You would not believe what your neighborhood looks like now. You're lucky you're not around to see it.

17 posted on 12/24/2008 10:26:24 AM PST by DogBarkTree (Sometimes you have to let it go in order to get a Grip.)
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To: villagerjoel
Why do people want to believe in a fake magical old man, when there´s actually a true story about St Nick?

Um...because it's a lot of fun?

18 posted on 12/24/2008 10:27:59 AM PST by GL of Sector 2814
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To: Nea Wood

A child that was educated in a real school.


19 posted on 12/24/2008 10:28:32 AM PST by DryFly
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To: villagerjoel
Why do people want to believe in a fake magical old man, when there´s actually a true story about St Nick?

Nicholas of Myra: total fiction

20 posted on 12/24/2008 10:30:12 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Kill the English their concept of individual rights might undermine the power of our beloved tyrants)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Yuck. You polluted the thread.


21 posted on 12/24/2008 10:32:01 AM PST by CodeToad
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To: Nea Wood
I’ve always had my suspicions about that Virginia O’Hanlon letter

It's the MSM: "Fake but accurate" is the standard.

22 posted on 12/24/2008 10:32:38 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Kill the English their concept of individual rights might undermine the power of our beloved tyrants)
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To: MainFrame65

I saw that, too. It surprised me it had just stayed within the family so long. It was sweet.


23 posted on 12/24/2008 10:32:59 AM PST by llmc1 ( Merry Christmas!)
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To: rabscuttle385; joan; Smartass; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; Incorrigible; ...

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

(Luke 2:10-14, NIV)

And to all on the Balkan List and everyone else who celebrates Christmas this day, "Christ Is Born! Truly He Is Born! May the Peace & Joy of Christmas fill your Hearts!"

24 posted on 12/24/2008 10:33:26 AM PST by Bokababe ( http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Nea Wood
What child refers to her own friends as “my little friends”?

John McCain at age 8.

25 posted on 12/24/2008 10:33:48 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: villagerjoel
This whole Santa Clause business is just strange to me

Me too, but then I never saw that movie.

26 posted on 12/24/2008 10:33:54 AM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY)|http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/|RCongressIn2Years)
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To: rabscuttle385

I miss the NY Sun.


27 posted on 12/24/2008 10:42:10 AM PST by rmlew (The loyal opposition to a regime dedicated to overthrowing the Constitution are accomplices.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Is this why March of the Wooden Soldiers isn’t on anymore?


28 posted on 12/24/2008 10:58:11 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: rabscuttle385

Merry Christmas, rabs!


29 posted on 12/24/2008 11:00:03 AM PST by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

“Yes, Santa Claus. There is a Virginia. I stole it.”


30 posted on 12/24/2008 11:25:17 AM PST by Blogatron (Time to dress up like indians and throw their tea in the crick again.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Merry Christmas Rabscuttle.


31 posted on 12/24/2008 11:37:40 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: rabscuttle385

Merry Christmas! Thanks for posting this. I always enjoy reading it.


32 posted on 12/24/2008 11:41:20 AM PST by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters now.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Rod Serling’s take on St. Nick:
http://tinyurl.com/7eehsg
(I remember when it was first broadcast)

- John


33 posted on 12/24/2008 12:06:19 PM PST by Fishrrman
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To: rabscuttle385

Merry CHRISTmas, rab, and many more to come. May God bless you and yours throughout the year to come.


34 posted on 12/24/2008 1:24:55 PM PST by dcwusmc (We need to make government so small that it can be drowned in a bathtub.)
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To: Fishrrman

Thanks. Good show! (My late mother went to HS with Rod Serling.)


35 posted on 12/24/2008 1:29:41 PM PST by dcwusmc (We need to make government so small that it can be drowned in a bathtub.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Merry Christmas buddy. :-)


36 posted on 12/24/2008 6:55:51 PM PST by hiredhand (Understand the CRA and why we're facing economic collapse - see my about page.)
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To: rabscuttle385
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:10-14, NIV)

Thank you for the greetings.

By the way, those passages come from the King James Bible, not the NIV.

37 posted on 12/24/2008 9:53:33 PM PST by fortheDeclaration ("Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people".-John Adams)
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To: All

Yes, Virginia Christ lives and because He lives we will always celebrate CHRISTmas.


38 posted on 12/24/2008 11:49:22 PM PST by Cindy
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To: rabscuttle385; All
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Merry Christmas to all on the ping lists!

Same to you, and to you all!

39 posted on 12/25/2008 2:35:45 AM PST by roamer_1 (Proud 1%er... Reagan Conservatism is the only way forward.)
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To: fortheDeclaration
By the way, those passages come from the King James Bible, not the NIV.

Oops. That's what happens when I'm too hasty; I make mistakes. Thanks for catching this one.

40 posted on 12/26/2008 8:17:06 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: dan1123

I cannot wait for the film Nicholas of Myra to open next year:

http://www.nicholasofmyra-movie.com/


41 posted on 12/28/2008 7:15:44 PM PST by eleni121 (EN TOUTO NIKA!! + In this sign Conquer! +)
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