24 December 2011 @ 09:05 pm
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.  

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 the 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 skepticism of a skeptical 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 his 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 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 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 there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the 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 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 continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

-The New York Sun, 1897

Current Mood: pensive
24 December 2011 @ 01:15 pm
Happy Holidays!  
Thank you to every one who wrote me Christmas cards--it is all very appreciated and put lots of smiles on my face. As every year, with my job being particularly stressful around this time of the year, I failed to send out cards again and I'm very sorry for that. But I love you all, and I hope you have a very lovely Christmas.


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Current Mood: thankful
26 December 2009 @ 07:15 pm
Art Post  
This is what [ profile] pixel_0 got for Christmas from me this year, and I have her permission to post it here in public :D Alligator Jazz is a story set in the 1930s which [ profile] pixel_0 and I have been plotting for the past few weeks. She writes it, though, and because I keep pestering her about sending me new excerpts to read I figured it'd be fair if I attempted some artwork for it.

Oddly enough, painting the radio took me way, way longer than painting the guys. Go figure. I'm really happy with how these turned out. I'm also using less and less layers in Photoshop--success!


Separate Paintings in Here )

All in all I think it's fair to say that apart from travelling and books, the graphic tablet was definitely the money best spent in the past five years. Yay.
Current Mood: accomplished
24 December 2009 @ 10:33 pm
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas...  

Today, I feel utterly thankful and blessed. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who sent cards, virtual and actual gifts and thoughts. I love you all. Happy holidays to all of you.
Current Mood: thankful
05 November 2005 @ 11:06 am

I have not made much progress with my NaNoWriMo novel over the last two days, I hope I can make up for it... ^^

By the way I'm listening to the Love Actually version of "All I Want For Christmas" by Olivia Olson right now...I'm ridiculously looking forward to Christmas again :o)
Current Music: All I Want For Christmas - Love Actually Soundtrack