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Santa Claus is Alive

I find this True Story on the Internet. I think great story for my blog for Christmas. Remember Santa Claus is alive and well. I am so happy. At the Very Bottom of this blog is a Video of this story too. I hopes you like this blog. It mades me very happy when I puts this togethor. Please leave comments at bottom and tweet and facebook this blog if you like it.

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In 1897, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, a coroner’s assistant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, was asked by his then eight-year-old daughter, Virginia (1889–1971), whether Santa Claus really existed. Virginia O’Hanlon had begun to doubt there was a Santa Claus, because her friends had told her that he did not exist.

Dr. O’Hanlon suggested she write to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper at the time, assuring her that “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” While he may have been passing the buck, he unwittingly gave one of the paper’s editors, Francis Pharcellus Church, an opportunity to rise above the simple question, and address the philosophical issues behind it.

Church was a war correspondent during the American Civil War, a time in which he saw great suffering, as well as, a corresponding lack of hope and faith in much of society. Although the paper ran the editorial in the seventh place on the editorial page, below even an editorial on the newly invented “chainless bicycle”, its message was very moving to many people who read it.

More than a century later it remains the most reprinted editorial ever to run in any newspaper in the English language. Here is that letter and the editorial response:

The Sun:

“We take pleasure in answering 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

Picture of Santa Claus

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 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 you 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 men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, 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 lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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2 Responses to “Santa Claus is Alive”

  1. cliff1960 says:

    Their used to be a man in a small village in scandavia. He was a toy maker. His name was Nicolas. Every year he would take toys he made round all the villages and give them to orphans and to poor families. He used raindeer and a sleigh to get around. He went out 1 night and got lost in a really bad snow storm. they found him several days later frozen to death. He was sainted about 100 years later and became saint nicolas. In spanish saint is santa and kids said clause instead of nicolas. The name santa clause comes from that. He wore a green outfit not red. In the 1960’s coka cola used santa in an advert. But his green outfit clashed with their red label so they changed his clothes to red to match the label. We now think he has always worn red cause of that advert lol. Also christmas is nothing to do with santa. We used to have saint nicolas day in early december and christmas day in july. But a pope about 200 years ago noticed ppl celibrated saint nic day more than xmas day. So he combined the 2 into 1 day and put both on 25th december. Xmas was for praying not giving presents. Saint nic day was for the presents. St nic day is still on the right day in non catholic countries. Its only catholic countries that have them combined into 1 day. So yes santa is a real person. But he died about 400 years ago. But his memory still lives on in r hearts and mind. So i guess he is still alive in a way.

    • Michelle says:

      Santa Claus, usually abbreviated Santa, is a figure in North American culture who reflects an amalgamation of the Dutch Sinterklaas,[1] the English Father Christmas, and Christmas gift-bringers in other traditions.

      Saint Nicholas of Myra is the primary inspiration for the Christian figure of Sinterklaas. He was a 4th century Greek Christian bishop of Myra (now Demre) in Lycia, a province of the Byzantine Anatolia, now in Turkey…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus

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