Yesterday while I was in my sewing room, I listened to a podcast about the famous editorial by Francis Church published in the New York Sun newspaper in response to a question by 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon in 1897.
I had always known about this famous editorial, but I never really read it. My favorite sentence in the editorial is, "The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see."
Enjoy the editorial and read it, then read it again. Take it to heart.
Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except 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.
Another favorite sentence is, "Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world."
As you go about your day, think about the unseen wonders.
Thank you Lynn. I did see this little movie some time ago and it is a sweet story. Thank you for the reminder. Have a wonderful day.ReplyDelete
Yes, it is such a sweet sentiment.Delete
Thank you for sharing this editorial from yesteryear. I shared it with my book club and keep rereading it. What a wonderful message for us all.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for commenting, Pam. I've reread it several times, too. Merry Christmas!Delete
Last night I watched Polar Express...
I loved the book and used to read it to the girls when they were young.
Now I watch the movie and sob uncontrollably ever year.
The premise, Believe... for it is the things we cannot see that affects us most deeply. Applies to so many aspects of our lives. Yes, Virginia, he lives in our heart, as strong today as when I was a child.
Thanks for posting... Hugs, Sharon McD
I cry every time I watch Polar Express, too. I love the movie, the music, and the message.Delete
Thank you Lynn. I'd never read this story ... how wonderful! No one can imagine all the wonders ...ReplyDelete
Yes, it is truly wonderful, and full of wonder.Delete
We just watched our Yes Virginia dvd from Macy’s 2009 Christmas promotions. I’m not the biggest fan of animation, but this one gets pulled out and watched at least once a year.ReplyDelete
Then I had to go to SG Country Samplers site & gaze at the Yes Virginia cross stitch sampler that I’ve kept myself from purchasing the last 3 years!
Good to hear from you, Nancie! I wasn't familiar with SG Country Samplers. What a great selection! Merry Christmas to you and your family.Delete