“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

Victorian Style, Christmas, Santa Claus, Old, Men, Spirituality, Humor, Costume, nicolas

“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…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.” And to that, I add, he makes glad the heart of us all.

Many have heard or read this touching piece before, but it bears repeating. Especially now, when there is so much animosity and division in the world.

Santa“Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.”

For the entire piece visit: http://www.newseum.org/exhibits/online/yes-virginia/#sthash.8cHedkhj.dpuf

Santa figure from the 1930'sSanta’s appearance has changed over the years, but he remains the same at heart. This figurine from the 1930’s is one my parents display each year. Note how much skinnier Santa was back then. It’s the Depression Era. Everyone was thinner. Plus, he also only has one reindeer. Maybe the others were misplaced, or he didn’t have enough food for more. Reindeer eat a lot.

I’ve always considered Santa a most forgiving and generous soul. He certainly overlooked a lot of my childhood errors and faithfully remembered me each Christmas Eve, for which I was most humbly grateful. Extending that charity to others is the spirit of Christmas, and I say God bless him.

And God bless us everyone.

4 responses to ““Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

  1. Beautiful post, Beth. Thank you for the memories it conjured. Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Beautiful post. Merry Christmas.
    Sue B

    Liked by 1 person

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