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Yes, There Is A Santa Claus
December 21st, 2011 10:02 AM

Francis P. Church had no intention of composing a classic essay in inspirational literature in 1897 when he sat down to answer a little girl's question, by the name of Virginia O'Hanlon, who was 8 years old.  Her friends had told her there was no Santa Claus and when she questioned her father, he suggested that she write to the editors of the local newspaper because they were experts on everything.  So she wrote a letter, asking for the truth about whether or not there really is a Santa Claus.

Over a hundred Christmases have come and gone since then, but what is real and what is not has not changed.  Children of all ages have a deep desire to believe in a great, generous gift giver who rewards the good.  Christmas allows the child in each of us to be reborn every year, awakening a sense of joy and wonder that even 11 months of doubt, derision, or discouragement can't snuff out.  All that's required of us is that we believe.

What do we believe in?  Believe in whatever means the most to you at this moment.  That love makes it possible to believe in all things, especially miracles.  That this is the season of miracles.  That there is a miracle with your name on it.  That when you wish upon a star, grace steps in to bridge the gaps until your dreams come true.  That there is a Santa Claus and you have been very, very good this year.

Yes, there really is a Santa Claus.  He exists as certainly as love, generosity and devotion exist.  He exists in the childlike faith, poetry, romance and wonderment that can push aside the curtain of the unseen world and view the beauty and glory beyond.

May you believe in the magic and miracles of the season.  May your heart be filled with joy and wonder.   May you have a very Merry  Christmas!!

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