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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.


We have returned home from an entertaining evening at The Stage Door in Yukon. We were invited to see Matthew in his acting debut.

We watched the dress rehearsal of the stage play of "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" by Andrew J. Fenady. The play was presented as if it were being broadcast over the radio. Very interesting and entertaining.

Matthew did very well for his first 'acting job'. I'm sorry, but I didn't capture a snapshot of him performing.

I was unaware that such a theatrical group existed in Yukon. What a pleasant surprise.

I can certainly recommend this little production for those of you who are looking for a relaxing Christmas outing for the family.

The Stage Door is in an older building at 601 Oak Street and waxes nostalgic of an earlier time.

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" will be playing on December 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th at 8:00 p.m. and two matinees on December 11th and 18th at 2:00 p.m.

Call for reservations at 405.265.1590.

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Commentary and reprint of the editorial from "Newseum.org"


Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.



"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 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 [what] 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 measure by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists 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 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 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 man 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, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

2 Comments:

Blogger Moof said...

You know, T.J. ... I hope that the "Santa Claus" from this last posting pulls a few strings for those in the previous post ...

I've been thinkning a lot about your "Eminent Domain" post ... having it so close to the gentle "Yes, Virginia ..." monologue makes it even more salient.

Hope your Christmas Season is peaceful ... and keep on blogging ...

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December 09, 2005 6:00 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Saw your 'new' blog. It is really nice.

From my point of view, snow looks best in pictures.

;+ )

later...

December 09, 2005 8:06 PM  

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