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Undoubtedly, everyone has read the famous "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" editorial from the New York Sun in 1897. I think it is only fitting this holiday season that we repeat what is probably the most famous editorial of all time.
   Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
   Editorial Page, New York Sun, 1897
   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:
   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 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 external 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 supernatural 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.
   Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!
   Polling for the fun of it
   Nobody ever claimed the Central Oregonian's Readers Poll was scientific or accurate. But it is fun.
   If the results of this week's question, like the previous query, were an accurate illustration of local thinking and mores, our readership could be described as slightly conservative. Slightly in the sense that 'slightly' more votes labeled the idea of a calendar using male models for next year's "Expose Yourself to the West" Roundup fundraiser as being in bad taste.
   The truth is, however, even with a couple of interesting letters to the editor notwithstanding, this year's calendar, using women models, is selling very well and will be found under many Christmas trees. Obviously, as noted, the poll is not very scientific.
   The question had to do with the possibility of another "Expose Yourself to the West" next year, using male models. Only 44 percent thought it was a good idea while 51 percent voted against it.
   We must have a lot of trusting wives out there because only 5 percent warned the calendar-makers to stay away from their man.
   This week we ask a question about Santa Claus. Go to www.centraloregonian.com and vote.
   We want your resolution
   With New Year's coming quickly I'd like to open up this page next week to publish your New Year's resolutions. Send us your resolution, or even a memorable one that you've heard somewhere else. The Deadline will be Wednesday, Dec. 26 at noon. They can be dropped at the Central Oregonian office; faxed to 447-1754 or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
   Don't look for your Central Oregonian on Tuesday
   We don't want our staff to be working and our carriers to be delivering the paper on Christmas and New Year's Day, so for the following two weeks we will publish on Monday, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
   Although the carriers are not required to have your paper delivered until 6 p.m., we expect to have the papers to them by 9:30 both mornings, so we expect they will deliver the paper in the morning.