Back in 1897, a young girl named Virginia O’Hanlon asked the now-famous question, “Is There a Santa Claus?” and, at the suggestion of her father, wrote to the local New York newspaper at the time, The Sun, in search of an answer. The equally famous reply, penned by Sun editorial writer Francis Pharcellus Church, is now the most reprinted editorial in history and has become the de facto reply to anyone, young or old, who questions the existence of the jolly fellow in the red suit who slides down our chimneys on Christmas Eve each year.
Even so, the question is inevitably asked of every parent as children grow up and become more skeptical of the existence of a magical being who can seemingly visit every home in the world in a single night, devour thousands of servings of cookies and milk, and drives a flying sleigh pulled by eight reindeer. How do you answer a question like that? Well, Mr. Church seems to have hit the nail on the head those many years ago when he said:
“…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.”
I think that just about says it all. But, if more evidence is needed, here are a couple of tools to help make your case:
Presented as an Advent calendar (see image below), this website offers a new video message from Santa Claus every day leading up to Christmas Day. Click on each day to reveal each new video.
Here is a representative video message from December 1st:
Imagine your child’s delight when he or she receives a personalized message directly from Santa himself! The message is determined by information you enter and will address your child by name and mention where you live and any pets you have if you wish. Here’s the welcome video you get from Santa when you access the site:
Lastly, as Christmas Eve approaches you can help your child track Santa’s progress around the world by using NORAD’s Santa Tracker, and play some fun games, too: