Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Yes Virginia There Is A Santa

From the New York Sun, via the Deseret News, comes this timeless editorial:
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in The New York Sun in 1897 and remains appropriate for this holiday season 111 years later.

IS THERE A SANTA CLAUS?

We take pleasure in answering at once and 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.

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.
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1 comment:

p-boi said...

I have always loved this letter. I think sometimes humans misinterpret the meaning of Santa. It's not about giving gifts to good little boys and girls...it's magic and faith and belief. To me, giving gifts is reminiscent of the greatest gift we were given, our Savior, Jesus Christ. As we give to others, we in turn, become Santas...helping to spread joy and happiness. As we become Santas we realize it truly is greater to give than to receive. As long as we focus on the Savior and remember him during the season, there is really no reason not to encourage faith in Santa. But, if it's all about Santa, we're missing something even greater. Thanks Cam...I'll come down from my soapbox now.