santa claus is real

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  1. optimusprime42

    optimusprime42 Autobot Leader

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    i found an article by an 8 yr old girl back in 1897 her friends tell her there's no such thing as santa claus

    Newseum - Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    "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
     
  2. Optimus Sledge

    Optimus Sledge Yar har fiddle di dee

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    How are there so many people who've never heard of this that I've seen it crop up on two forums today?
     
  3. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

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    I agree with you Sledge and its kind of sad that that letter is so often forgotten
     
  4. Hobbes-timus Prime

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    What's sad is the inevitable funk that Virgina fell into five-ten years later when she realized that her father was wrong about the credibility of the The Sun.
     
  5. Optimus Sledge

    Optimus Sledge Yar har fiddle di dee

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    I'm just confused because I thought the phrase "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" was really common. Even Weird Al has referenced it.
     
  6. Joe Moore

    Joe Moore Is Not Jim... Administrator

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    The movie was better. :p 
     
  7. Pravus Prime

    Pravus Prime Sorcerer

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    I saw the actual letter pop up on an episode of Antiques Roadshow. I thought the value the experts assigned it was astonishingly low, but I suppose it's hard to place a dollar range on a piece of culture.
     
  8. Ace Convoy

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    wow even in 1867 Kids were Jerks...
     

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