“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”
I woke up a bit late today… I mean, really late. It was past noon. But forgivable, I guess, since I slept around 4am already. And now, here I am again, nudging the cool Christmas air and blinking with the stars again.
The first thought that I had was Christmas, and then I got into a reminisce-mode during my not-so-forgotten days when we (my two elder sisters and younger brother) would hang Christmas stockings and I wondered if there are still children who do this.
And then I remembered the much reprinted editorial written by Francis Pharcellus Church of The New York Sun which has withstood a century, it being published in September 1897.
The editorial was a response to 8-year old Virginia O’Hanlon’s short letter asking, “Is There a Santa Claus?”. It was a touching article, the kind that will never lose spirit and if it withstood a century, it will surely be touching hearts in eras to come.