Yes Graylyn, There Is A Santa Claus

 Several years ago when my house was on a Christmas Tour for charity,

I decorated EVERY room in the house.

One of the things that we did was to put my favorite title/sentiment of the Season,

above the doors in the Media Room.

We used those stick on letters. When my hubby completed the project,

our granddaughter looked up with amazement.

She asked, “why was the name Virginia there? It should say Graylyn.”

I told her about the story of a little girl named Virginia.

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My hubby and I  both looked at each other, smiled, and quickly there was a change made.

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My Sweetie is 11 years old now. My has time flown by.

She may not believe now that Santa comes down the chimney or through the front door,

however, we all believe in the spirit of Santa, the season of joy and caring.

When they moved from one home to another, Graylyn was worried that Santa couldn’t find her,

so she wrote him this note:

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As I said, this is one of my very favorites stories of the Season of Joy.

In 1897, Virginia Hanlon was 8 years old and questioned if there was a Santa Claus.

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119  years ago. Written by an veteran editor, Francis P. Church,

who was the son of a Baptist Minister.


“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?


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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”


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And the Heart of Childhood is one of the wonderful gifts of the Season.

Besides what the Season is really all about:

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Here is how it looked last year with the tree in the background.

Loved this.

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My family and I wish you all a most glorious Christmas

filled with all the Joys of the Season.

The season when we all have a child-like heart and WE BELIEVE!!!

Note: I am taking a little break to spend time with my family and friends this

Joyous Season. I wish you Joy and Peace!

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  1. Such a beautiful story with a great message. Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  2. I always loved the story about Virginia. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas

  3. Merry CHristmas, Shirley!! Hope you enjoy a blessed time with your family!
    xo Heidi

  4. Your granddaughter is precious! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  5. Oh goodness Shirley, I can’t tell you how much I loved this post! Such an adorable story about Graylyn, and I never have read the real story about where the saying originated, so wonderful! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  6. I love this story too and have a pillow on my bed that says “Believe”, and I DO!!!! Wishing you all and especially your dear Graylyn a VERY merry and blessed Christmas!!!!!

  7. Beautiful! Thank you and Merry Christmas! Enjoy your Graylyn and the rest of the family!

  8. Jeanette Price says

    Merry Christmas to you and your family dear Shirley. I love this post, how perfect!

  9. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Shirley!

  10. Shirley, Merry Christmas to you and your family. I’ve enjoyed reading your beautiful posts. Thank you. And just for the record…I believe. 🙂

    Jesus is the Reason for Christmas
    Graylon is precious! She has a Sweet Grandmother!!

    Jesus is the Reason for Christmas
    Graylyn is precious! She has a Sweet Grandmother!!

  13. Oops, only should have posted once!

  14. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  15. Merry Christmas, Shirley, from Mom and me. Enjoy every minute of it with your family.

  16. I just loved reading this story. Graylyn certainly has grown up, but what wonderful memories she has in her heart forever. I love your clay nativity scene. Every picture was like eye candy. Your house is magnificent, especially at Christmas. Have a wonderful Christmas, Shirley. Love you.

  17. Wishing you and your family a most joyous Christmas season. Thank you for all of your beautiful posts this past year. Your granddaughter is just beautiful.

  18. Betsy Crittenden says

    I’ve always loved that story! And I love that picture of Gralyn atop Tommy’s shoulders with the picture frame – priceless! Merry Christmas to you and Tommy!

  19. Such a beautiful post, Shirley! Full of holiday sentiment, tradition and believing! Your holiday home is absolutely gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

  20. Merry Christmas Shirley, I wish you and your sweetie, and the rest of your family, a beautiful, memory-making Christmas. May we always believe! Xoxo Lidy

  21. HI Shirley,
    How sweet your post is! Graylin is one lucky little girl and that photo with the red frame and her grandpa holding her on her shoulders is about the cutest thing I have ever seen!
    I must ask — where did you find that Blue Willow theme bedding?
    I would love to send a set to my mother!
    Can you let me know at my email address which is: ?
    Thanks so much!

  22. Such a nice story… I love all the little details done with love…

  23. Shirley, a beautiful post and I have always loved the story! Happy New Year!

  24. I am totally with you when it comes to keeping the spirit of Santa alive. One of my daughters told her children early there was no Santa and I quickly told them different by reading the story and explaining to them why it was important to keep Santa in your heart.

  25. One of my favorite stories, Shirley! Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy and prosperous new year!

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