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.
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Source Notes: Editorial, New York Sun (21 September 1897). Part of the response to 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon, who had asked, "Is there a Santa Claus?" She was confidently answered by the editors of The Sun: "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."
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