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Dear Virginia

The other night I was looking through Netflix for a good Christmas movie and had remembered seeing commercials for Dear Virginia. Twenty minutes later and I felt a renewed sense of holiday spirit. Virginia’s mother helped to remind me that we do Christmas in our everyday actions – by giving, by loving, by helping, each kind act we complete is what creates the spirit. The letter written to Virginia was published in the Sun Newspaper, and I thought it was something worth sharing, Merry Christmas to all and God Bless.
Dear 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 fill 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 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, not even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, cold tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view – and picture the supernatural 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.
For every letter to Santa you bring to Macy’s to be sent to the North Pole they will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish foundation. I have my letter all written up and plan on bringing it in next week. After all,  you are never too old to believe.
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  • OMG this is such a sweet idea! I am totally going to look into it this weekend!

    Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway happening on Cotton's Pickins right now! 🙂 fingers crossed for you!