Dec 24 2007

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!!!

Published by at 3 04 pm under Chit Chat,Christmas Cards

I had plans to make a Christmas card for all of you, that I was going to post here this evening, but, as with so many of my plans, it just didn’t get done. I do, however, want to share with you this card I received from a dear online frend, JerriJimenez, or Jerri Kay over at SCS. Her watercoloring always just makes me pause in my tracks and stare in awe — and this card is a wonderful example of her beautiful work. I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I have!

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Thank you so much, Jerri!!! This is a card I will treasure always and I’m so pleased to be able to share it in this way with all my other online friends. And at this time of year I feel it isappropriate to tell you all just how much you mean to me — I have so many friends I have never met, and likely will never meet, but you are all, nonetheless, true and wonderful friends, and I am so grateful for the opportunity I have had to meet you all both here on my Blog and at SCS. Oh, what a strange and wonderful world we live in!!! Thank you, thank you, Friends, for the continual encouragement and support you are to me — you all mean more to me than you will ever know — I feel so truly honored to have had this chance to get to know each and every one of you!

I now look forward to our Candlelight Christmas Eve Service this evening — always such a Blessed and special time! My prayer for you all is that each of us remember the true reason for the season, which is the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the City of David a Savior has been born toyou; He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

At Christmas time I also always love to read what I call the “Yes, Virginia” story. I am sure many of you know exactly what I mean. It is such a beautiful story, it brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. Here I’ll do a copy and paste from the net for you, along with a few other interesting tidbits about the story. I hope you enjoy it!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!!!

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

By Francis P. Church, first published in The New York Sun in 1897. [See The Peoples Almanac, pp. 13589.]

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

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, its so. Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia OHanlon

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 mens or childrens, 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 external 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 you 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 thats no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the babys 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, 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 lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

About the Exchange

Francis P. Churchs editorial, Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus was an immediate sensation, and went on to became one of the most famous editorials ever written. It first appeared in the The New York Sun in 1897, almost a hundred years ago, and was reprinted annually until 1949 when the paper went out of business.

Thirty-six years after her letter was printed, Virginia OHanlon recalled the events that prompted her letter:

Quite naturally I believed in Santa Claus, for he had never disappointed me. But when less fortunate little boys and girls said there wasnt any Santa Claus, I was filled with doubts. I asked my father, and he was a little evasive on the subject.

It was a habit in our family that whenever any doubts came up as to how to pronounce a word or some question of historical fact was in doubt, we wrote to the Question and Answer column in The Sun. Father would always say, If you see it in the The Sun, its so, and that settled the matter.

Well, Im just going to write The Sun and find out the real truth, I said to father.

He said, Go ahead, Virginia. Im sure The Sun will give you the right answer, as it always does.

And so Virginia sat down and wrote her parents favorite newspaper.

Her letter found its way into the hands of a veteran editor, Francis P. Church. Son of a Baptist minister, Church had covered the Civil War for The New York Times and had worked on the The New York Sun for 20 years, more recently as an anonymous editorial writer. Church, a sardonic man, had for his personal motto, Endeavour to clear your mind of cant. When controversal subjects had to be tackled on the editorial page, especially those dealing with theology, the assignments were usually given to Church.

Now, he had in his hands a little girls letter on a most controversial matter, and he was burdened with the responsibility of answering it.

Is there a Santa Claus? the childish scrawl in the letter asked. At once, Church knew that there was no avoiding the question. He must answer, and he must answer truthfully. And so he turned to his desk, and he began his reply which was to become one of the most memorable editorials in newspaper history.

Church married shortly after the editorial appeared. He died in April, 1906, leaving no children.

Virginia OHanlon went on to graduate from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts degree at age 21. The following year she received her Masters from Columbia, and in 1912 she began teaching in the New York City school system, later becoming a principal. After 47 years, she retired as an educator. Throughout her life she received a steady stream of mail about her Santa Claus letter, and to each reply she attached an attractive printed copy of the Church editorial. Virginia OHanlon Douglas died on May 13, 1971, at the age of 81, in a nursing home in Valatie, N.Y.

 

20 responses so far

20 Responses to “MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!!!”

  1. joyk says:

    Wow! Jerri’s card is so very beautiful! And I have always loved the Yes, Virginia story………….it was interesting to read the extra little stories with it. Thanks for sharing! Also, just want to take a moment to sincerely thank you for the consistent inspiration from your gallery and blog. A very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!!!

  2. Kiko says:

    Jerri’s watercoloring is absolutely beautiful and thank you so much for sharing her wonderful card with us. I really enjoyed reading the “Yes, Virginia…” story. What a nice way to close out Christmas Eve. I’m going to check out Jerri’s gallery before turning in to wait for Santa! Merry, merry Christmas!

  3. Donna says:

    what a gorgeous card, Sharon! Merry Christmas to you

  4. leslierich says:

    Merry Christmas, Sharon! Thank you for sharing Jeri’s incredibly gorgeous card and Virginia’s story.

  5. twinks says:

    Mele Kalikimaka to you and yours! THANK YOU for sharing everything with us all!

  6. CherylQuilts says:

    What an absolutely gorgeous card…Jerri’s watercoloring is unbelievable. One of the best I’ve ever seen. She has a beautiful gallery too! Merry Christmas…what a wonderful Reason to celebrate! And thanks for your wonderful blog, Sharon.

  7. Velta says:

    Merry Christmas Sharon…Thank you for sharing Virginia’s story…I haven’t heard it in quite a while. Jerri’s card is absolutely beautiful…I look forward to every one of your posts!!

  8. Dawn (stampinscotsgirl) says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Sharon! I wish you all the best for 2008! Thank you for sharing Jerri’s beautiful card. Her watercolouring is superb. Thank you also for sharing Virginia’s story. Thank you too for all the wonderful inspiration you give so many of us SCS’s. I love your work and I love your blog. I always look forward to seeing what you have created:)

  9. Pinky says:

    Sharon,

    I feel so blessed as to have Jerri as one of my online buddies as well. She is truly a treasured friend. We email and talk ocassionally and she has helped me w/my watercoloring so much! I have had the chance to meet Jerri at regionals last year in Tampa and we had been emailing over a year before actually meeting her and Kittie 747 as well. Yes, the computer has really changed our world and in this case I have made a true friend in several fellow stampers! I, too, also received this card and my mouth just fell open when I opened the envie and found such a treasure. It is truly a breath-taking card and even more so in person.

    Sharon, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and even better 2008. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    Pinky

  10. Sue says:

    Sharon,
    You never cease to amaze me! Your blog is an amazing combination of things. Today is no exception………I love the card you posted. It is absolutely gorgeous and made me say WOW! What a talented lady Jerri is. The watercoloring is so inspirational. May you enjoy your Christmas and may you continue to bless those who come in contact with you via, blog, gallery or real life.
    Bless you Sharon.
    Sue

  11. Carolyn (snowmanqueen) says:

    The card is gorgeous! Wanted to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas! Love all your challenges, looking forward to more this next year!
    Carolyn

  12. Jerri Jimenez says:

    Merry Christmas Sharon! Thank you for placing the card I made you on your blog. I’m so happy you like it. I made five of them, one for my Mom, my Mother-in-Law, you, Pinky and Sandi (my very dear friends). I didn’t upload it in my gallery as I wanted to surprise you all. Thank you also for sharing “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”. I had never read it and it has brought great Blessing to me this Christmas Day. I pray you have many blessings this day and throughout the year, that your children are home with you for the holidays, and that you continue to enjoy making beautiful, gorgeous, inspirational cards, scrapbook pages, and all sorts of projects that we so admire. Hugs, Jerri

  13. Rose Ann says:

    Gorgeous card and wonderful story! Merry Christmas, Sharon!!

  14. Mercy says:

    gorgeous card, sharon…absolutely beautiful!

    have a merry christmas and a wonderful new year!

  15. Dawn E. says:

    That card is gorgeous! She did a fabulous job with it! Thanks for sharing Virginia’s story, I read it to Chloe.
    I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas day!

  16. nancy littrell says:

    Dear Sharon, what a blessing for me this past year that we have become special friends. You and so many others on SCS and Blogs have really inspired and giving me such encouragement and love throughout the year. May the New Year bring you and your family good health, happiness and love. We are all so truly blessed. Your friend always, Nancy

  17. nancy littrell says:

    BTW, Jerri’s card is absolutely stunning! It deserves to be framed and put on display every Christmas holiday season. TFS

  18. Sewflake says:

    What a beautiful card and story, I have of course heard about that story all my life but don’t believe I have ever read it or known the facts behind the story. Thank you for sharing, your card, the story and your faith. Have a Blessed Happy Healthy New Year!!!!

  19. Kiko says:

    I agree… Jerri’s card is a piece of art that would look beautiful in a frame! I would love to know the name of the poinsettia stamp. This is one of the prettiest ones I’ve ever seen. She made five people very happy this Christmas with this card!

  20. Rita says:

    Thank you Sharon for posting the Yes Virginia. I never knew the details but I have been a believer all my life. Santa is the magic of Christmas, Jesus is the reason.
    I will be subscribing to this blog.
    And Happy New Year.

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