We thought this debate had been settled for good back in 1897 with the publication of the now-famous "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus'' editorial in the New York Sun newspaper.
The Montville school district in Morris County better get its substitute teachers some remedial coursework. One of them actually told a classroom full of first-graders last week that there’s no Santa Claus, getting herself on the Naughty list and fired.
Good heavens! We thought this debate had been settled back in 1897 with the publication of the now-famous “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial in the New York Sun newspaper.
For those unfamiliar with the piece, it was prompted when an 8-year-old girl wrote to the Sun asking if Santa were real because some of her friends had told her otherwise.
In beautiful prose that can still stir the heart more than 100 years later, writer Francis Pharcellus Church responded, in part:
“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. …
“No Santa Claus! … 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.”
As the stress level for many of us ratchets up this holiday season, it bears repeating that the things that mean the most can’t be boxed up, wrapped and tied with a bow.
So, catch your breath, cast aside modern-day skepticism and bask, at least for a moment, in some childlike wonder. We know you’ve got it in you.
To enjoy the full “Yes, Virginia” editorial, go to nysun.com/editorials/yes-virginia.
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