Dying Man’s Daily Journal – I believe in Santa Claus


I feel like I am cheating again. Pulled this out of my drafts. It is all the way back from last year. But the meaning is still the same.

I believe in Santa Claus, read this posting I found on line and I am sure you will to.

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.

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.

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6 Responses to Dying Man’s Daily Journal – I believe in Santa Claus

  1. Lori says:

    Merry Christmas!
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.

  2. Grace says:

    Hello, Bill!

    Just a quick driveby to wish you and yours a very merry Christmas! Sending you a prayer that the new year will be filled with more health, joy and peace for you!

  3. Irene says:

    Dear Bill,
    Tomorrow is going to be crazy busy as we’re off to the daughters’ place so I thought it best to wish you and your entire family peace and joy during this festive season and throughout 2009 tonight. We’re looking quite forward to the festivities, the food and the fun and hope that your Christmas Day will be spent with family and friends too. “The life without festivals is a long road without an inn.” (Democritus) Merry Christmas to everyone out there. Best wishes for a happy and safe New Year…
    Praying for you everyday, Wiseman.
    Irene

  4. Sharon xx says:

    Bill

    Just popping in to wish you every blessing for the festive season. May your heart be filled with joy and peace.

    With love

    Sharon xx

  5. Mel says:

    Joyous, love-filled Holidays to you, Bill. And to Vi.

    <– is having a White Christmas

    And Santa gave me sticks for snowmans arms! What a wonderful prezzie!!!!

    ((((((((((((( Bill ))))))))))))))

  6. breyedlady0603 says:

    Bill

    I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas and a great 2009!

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