If possible, on your part, live at peace with all. (Romans 12:18)This Christmas as we gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus with our families and friends, I would hope that at some point our family discussions lead to talking about the reason for the Christmas season. The true meaning of the life of Jesus. Maybe I’m hoping for too much. But, maybe not. Jesus was born in a stable and 2000 years later He is still influencing our story of love. St. Nicholas took up his banner as did so many other saints. I think it was best said in an editorial in 1897 in the New York Sun.
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. 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. ... 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.
Copyright 2019 Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh
About the Author
Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh (Cathy) completed her education in Special Education and English and now works as an Agent in the Insurance Industry. A mother and Grandmother, Cathy grew up in a large Catholic family and has spent the last 30 years as a caregiver for her husband, Jack. She is a cancer survivor which inspired her to begin writing six years ago.