Question – Does Santa Claus Really Exist?

Eight-year-old Laura Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas, from 115 West Ninety Fifth Street, Manhatton New York, wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, in 1897, asking this same question.
She wrote:

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?


Her answer came from 58 year old war  correspondent (American Civil War) and newspaper man Francis Pharcellus Church.

“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”.

Any person in Thurles doubting the existence of Santa Claus need only take a close look at the picture displayed on this post. This photo was taken just last night as North Tipperary Council workers put the finishing touches to our street lighting in time for  Christmas. Just before the  shutter closed on our photographers camera a small shadow briefly passed over the moon.  Looks like Santa was on a test run getting ready for his visit to the Thurles Christmas Street Party. Remember photographs never lie.


10 comments to Question – Does Santa Claus Really Exist?

  • Lis bien. Il y a un Pere Noel!! Christian (Read. There is a Pere Noel! Christian)

  • Mais, bien sur qu’il existe!! (But of course there is!!)

  • Christian, vu de mes propres yeux (Christian, Saw him with my own eyes)

  • Isadore Fisher

    I believe that Santa is real. He is only in the minds of our children and then after a certain time in life they loose there beliefs, but in reality he did exist and we as adults have to keep him alive in our hearts and our children’s fantasy and every child has to have a fantasy. There may not be an Easter bunny or other myths but even me 53 years young still carry that believe. And don’t get me wrong I read my history on the man and he is true in our hearts mind and children’s fantasy. Thank you for loathing to an old man.

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