Pull up a chair, take your shoes off and get comfortable. I"ll bring you something to drink, tea or coffee? While you are waiting, perhaps this will help you pass the time.
written by Francis P Church for the editorial page, New York Sun, 1897
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 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, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O'Hanlon
Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the scepticism of a sceptical 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 this 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 that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders that are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You tear apart the baby's rattle and se 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 continure to make glad the heart of childhood.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!
Here's your drink, I hope you enjoyed the story. I will be adding and subtracting from this page on an irregular basis. I hope to provide a little of this and a little of that for you, whatever I stumble across that I want to share. Some of them will come from surfing the 'net and others will have been sent to me by my wonderful friends from all over.
There will also be some little tricks that I have learned that make it easier to run this 'puter and to surf. Another of my loves is cooking, so I will be including an occasional original recipe that I hope you will enjoy. (My poor neighbors, Frankie with her two children and Red with his cats and dogs are my test subjects.) If you have any original recipes that you want to share I will be happy to tell the whole world what you created. My e-mail address is below.
You will never know what you might find here. I might have a visit to a museum or a tour of the Smithsonian. Maybe a ferry ride or a trip to the moon. There will be ICQ pass links and what site would be complete with out a friendship page?
But enough of that, here are some of the Christmas websites that I have enjoyed and that I want to share with you. One of my favorites for this Christmas is Merry Christmas to a Special Person. This next one brought a tear to my eye. They call it Silent Night. A most moving story.
For the chat and ICQ users a great page is Happy Holidays. It contains a poem Twas a Computer Christmas. This next one came in as I was building this page, many thanks Maylar. It's a great story about Christmas Trees.
To my friends at the Zone and elsewhere I would like to wish you A Very Merry Christmas and a new year that brings you all the joy and happiness that I can wish for you. I was going to say "everything you deserve" but NAH, that might be a mistake. LOL I won't try to name all of you, but be assured I treasure our friendship very much. If, a couple years ago, someone told me I should have friends I hold very dear and yet most likely would never meet, I would have laughed. But it is so true, whoda thunk it? Thank You
You may Email me to let me know what you think or to send an original recipe.
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