Twelve days of Favourite Christmas Quotes – Quote #5
Editor Francis P. Church of the New York Sun answered the letter of 8 year old Virginia O’Hanlon who asked if there really was a Santa Claus? The letter and its answer appeared September 21, 1897 and its beautiful message resonates to this day. Below is an excerpt. – C.G.
“…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 the world be 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….”
“…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, 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”.- Francis P. Church, editor, the New York Sun, Sept. 21, 1897, (excerpt.)