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Dic Penderyn

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Yes Viriginia
« on: 23 Dec 2014 07:46AM »
Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's The Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial September 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

Here's Virginia's letter:

"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."

Here's the reply:

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.

(not that it means much but Francis P Church was my 10th cousin 4x removed )
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Re: Yes Viriginia
« Reply #1 on: 23 Dec 2014 07:20PM »
Well I for one, and am unanimous in this cos I do believe  >biggrin<  ;-)  >thumbsup<

*(whispers "he might even be watching over my shoulder as I'm typing this!!!"  )>yikes<  >cool<


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Re: Yes Viriginia
« Reply #2 on: 23 Dec 2014 09:58PM »
Aaaah, sweet.

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Re: Yes Viriginia
« Reply #3 on: 24 Dec 2014 02:10PM »
In about three hours he will be passing over Hastings on his warm up laps (or so I have told the grandkids). 

I think he's going south west to north east, so you might be able to see him at some of the places in the southern part of England.  If any stupid adult says it's too early or it's the International Space Station, tell them to go eat a mince pie!
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Re: Yes Viriginia
« Reply #4 on: 24 Dec 2014 02:26PM »
According to'NORAD', he is now over South Korea


http://www.noradsanta.org/


NORAD is a serious, scientific institution. The people there would not waste time on something/one that did not exist  ;-)

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Re: Yes Viriginia
« Reply #5 on: 24 Dec 2014 02:57PM »
That's weird because I was chatting to him in Tescos earlier on.
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Re: Yes Viriginia
« Reply #6 on: 24 Dec 2014 03:33PM »
I'm not sure many people know but Santa is a quantum being which means he can be in many places at the same time.Was it Einstein who said spooky effects at a distance. I reckon that describes flying reindeer quite well and how he can get down chimneys even in houses that don't have them.

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Re: Yes Viriginia
« Reply #7 on: 25 Dec 2014 12:25AM »
Quantum Tunnelling  oldtone.  >biggrin<
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Re: Yes Viriginia
« Reply #8 on: 25 Dec 2014 06:49AM »
Of course.