Originally posted by Jkd Up
You really gotta laugh at this... I mean, all funny stuff aside. If we boil this down to simple truths this is halarious...
The parents are upset at the teacher... For tellign them the TRUTH.
How could you really be upset in a situation like this? "Sorry son/daughter... I wanted to lie to you for another 10 years."
(visit the link for the full news article)
Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, is not a "LIE!" It is a tradition. It is a tradition steeped in religion. I do not "blindly Believe" in a magical
Santa Claus, I "faithfully Believe in a saintly man named Nicholas who devoted his entire existance (living and beyond) in christian generosity.
This was a new concept that Nicholas propagated during and after his life. He advocated for women and children which was unheard of in the the 4th
century. He continues to interceded today with many miracles attributed to him.
So, yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
Editorial from New York City Sun 1897
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 which is not comprehensibly their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be man's or children's are little. In
this great universe of ours a man is an incect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world around 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 eternal 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 Clause, 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 is 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 a 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 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 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 continue to
make glad the heart of childhood.
Francis P. Church
[edit on 12/17/2008 by Missing Blue Sky]