SALAYSAY: Wen, anak, adda Santa Claus

Nakulding ti riknak idi mabasak ti editorial ti The New York Sun a naipablaak idi Setiembre 21, 1897 a panangsungbat ni editor Francis Pharcellus Church iti surat ti maysa nga ubing nga agtawen iti walo nga agdamdamag no pudno kadi nga adda Santa Claus. Itoy a panangsungbat ti editor, saanna laeng a sinungbatan ti komunikasion ti maysa a mangipatpateg iti pagiwarnakda, ti maysa kadagiti ridersda no di pay  inlukatna ti ridaw ti kinapudno tapno masawang ti panagduadua. Pinatibkerna ti pundasion ti panunot ken puso dagiti ubbing a mamati iti kinaadda ti Santa Claus. Pamayor a ramut itan daytoy a panamati. Ramut a dinto maakkal ken mapugipog dagiti agpangpanggep a manglilibeg, mangagaw ken mangipanaw iti naganus a muging dagiti ubbing.

Napateg ni Santa Claus iti biag ti ubing, iti pamilia, iti komunidad, iti sangalubongan. Ayat ken panangipateg ti kaipapanan ti Santa Claus . Ta isu ti agited iti aginaldo. Saan kadi nga ayat ken pammateg ti kaipapanan ti aginaldo? Kasapulan ti maysa nga ubing ni Santa Claus. Kasapulan ti ubing ti ayat ken pammateg.  

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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

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.