Yes, there is a Santa Claus

Happy Holidays to you all!  

In this time of family, friends and thanks for good fortune, I like to recall a very famous letter written by 8 year old Virginia in 1897 to the to the New York Sun asking "Is There a Santa Claus?" for her father had told her that if it was printed in the New York Sun it must be true.

The editor,  Francis Pharcellus Church, created a response that 100 years later still embraces the magic of children, joy, and hope for the future.  My favorite 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. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

I wish you the joy of seeing all the Santa Clauses who abound in your life this holiday season.

- Deirdre


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