Yes, Virginia...

there really is a Santa!
GLAD TIDINGS coming soon!

There really is a Santa pattern in the works...

Pattern will include - a "quick-sew applique" framed picture using wools & old sheet music with cross-stitched accent motifs, a Santa doll & a Santa punch needle design.

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The year was 1897, a letter written by 8 year old Virginia O'Hanlon to the editor of the New York's 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?


In response to Virginia's editorial, written by Francis Pharcellus Church -

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 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 they 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 may 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, fancy, 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 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.

This newspaper editorial has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages. For me, there is something magical about hearing this letter narrated on the radio on Christmas Eve...


Remember, today is Day 4 of the Home for the Holiday's Blog Hop!

Be sure to hop on over to Kathy Schmitz's blog for her darling holiday banner pattern & yummy cookie recipe!

Have a good weekend everyone,



The wool garden said...

tyBrenda, what can I say. I love,love,love your site and I just found it today. I will be adding you to my list on my selling blog and will be ordering some stuff from you soon. Take care

MahSistersQuiltTrunk said...

What a great project for the holidays. Thank you for sharing.

Ellen S said...

I can't wait to see this latest Santa design...I have not tried punch needle, I'm a little gunshy!!! I have one of your patterns, but no one to get me started!!! How hard is it?
Love the blog hop, it is a wonderful thing you designers are doing for us!!! Gives me something to look forward to!!