When I was a little girl I truly believed in Christmas and all the magic that surrounded it. Santa brought the Christmas presents, Reindeer flew, and my Christmas letter flew up the chimney each year for Santa to read. The Captain picks on me to this day for believing in Santa past the third grade…but for me I wouldn’t trade that in for the world. Today, kids grow up too fast and the magic is lost too soon. What’s wrong with believing in magic??
When word around the classroom was that Santa wasn’t real, I started to come home and say things around my little brother and sister. My parents couldn’t have that so they had to spill the beans. To this day they will tell you how hard it was to tell me the truth. I don’t fully remember the details, but I remember my heart breaking. They told me in the best way possible. They read to me the true story of Virginia, an 8 year old girl in 1897 who asked her father if Santa was real. The editorial appeared in the newspaper, and is such wonderful writing that it still is with us today. The editorial was “Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus”
Yes Virginia There Is A Santa Claus
A little piece…
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
Please take the time to read the whole piece…it is so wonderful and true. When my parents dropped the bomb I cried. But even though they told me that Santa doesn’t deliver the presents, I promise you that I still believe that this season is magical!
That is why I am so happy that Macy’s is hosting a National Believe day on December 11th! TODAY! Also, tonight on CBS is the Yes, Virginia Animated Special! Here’s the full scoop from the Macys Believe website
Another great thing about this Believe Campaign is that in each Macys store will be Santas Mailboxfor your child to drop their Christmas Letters to Santa! For each letter received, Macys will donate $1 to the Make a Wish Foundation!
I personally can’t wait to DVR the “Yes, Virginia” Special……Do You Believe???
That is so ridiculously cool!!!
Hi! Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. I loved this post – my son is almost 12 and I know he doesn’t really believe, but I think he’s in denial! He doesn’t dare ask us and we’re not about to say anything…he’s the last one in our house to be a true believer and we can’t bear to see that go!
I was in denial too! lol My parents loved that I had the spirit so long and I still do! I can’t wait to share it with my children in the future!
I appreciate what Macys is doing with the Make A Wish Foundation and keeping the spirit of Santa Claus alive. I just wish they didn’t think they had to wipe the word “Christmas” out of their stores. It is a lovely word and not at all offensive.