Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Yes Virginia,

This is a partial quote from the New York Sun on September 21, 1897.

An eight-year-old girl wrote the newspaper and asked if Santa was real. Her father had said if you read it in the Sun, it is true.

The editor answered.

"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 it's 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 external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished." By Francis Pharcellus Church, Editor of the New York Sun.

May we take the time tonight and tomorrow to view the world through children's eyes.


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