Yes Graylyn, There is a Santa Claus and Still Believe

I used to decorate EVERY inch of my home for Christmas,

as my home was on a a few Christmas tours for a local charity.

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, who was about 4 years old at the time looked up with amazement.

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


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

I then told her about the story of a little girl long ago, named Virginia.

I so love this story that I presented several years back and want to share it again.

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My Sweetie is 13 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:

Graylyn's Letter to Santa

This is one of my very favorite stories of the Season of Joy

and this explained to my Sweetie why the name “Virginia” was in the quote over the door.

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

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12  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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(Note: My Sweetie is almost as tall as me, so no more “on Pop’s shoulders” antics any longer 🙁 )

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,

beside what the Season is really all about:

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My family and I wish you all a most glorious Christmas

filled with all the Joys and Blessings of the Season.

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


Shannon ….. Congrats Shannon!

Thanks to all who entered.


Many of you have asked me where I receive my trees.

I obtain them from Tree Classics and they are running a very nice sale now.

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I look forward to more beautiful home decor books to personally give away in the coming year.

It’s my way to thank you,  my readers,  for your visits and your kind comments!

I will be taking a little break to spend time with my family; 

however, you can follow my happenings on INSTAGRAM!



Tree Classics have sent me beautiful, beautiful trees.

All glorious opinions are happily and joyfully my own!!!




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  1. That was beautiful! I follow a lot of bloggers and besides your blog this morning, I only found one home displaying a nativity scene. I saw lots of trees, mantles,staircases, tablescapes, porches, master bedrooms
    decorated with such thought and care, but no real reason for the season. Merry CHRISTmas!

  2. Barbara Bertke says

    Merry Christmas, love this post. Enjoy your family and this Christmas season.

  3. Ahh what a wonderful story! Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas!

  4. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says

    I love this post Shirley! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  5. JoAnn Mooney says

    It was wonderful to read the “Yes, Virginia” story again! Thanks for sharing it, Shirley. Wishing you and your family all the blessings of Christmas.

  6. I loved this post! I read it first….then had to go back and study the pictures. My favorite is the one with Graylyn on her Pop’s shoulders…priceless! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! 😉

  7. Thank you for posting my favorite photo. The picture of your “Sweetie on her “Pop’s” shoulders.
    Wishing you every joy at this magical time of the year. God bless you and your family.

  8. Aggie Reynolds says

    Thank you for the sweetest post ever! I thoroughly enjoyed it this morning.

  9. I love this story! Merry Christmas dear Shirley and to your beautiful family. Enjoy every moment! XO

  10. Shannon@belle Bleu Interiors says

    Shirley, this sweet story always puts a lump in my throat. I only have one child left that still believes, and I savor the remaining time that he does. It’s one of the most magical times of childhood. This was such a beautiful post to start my Christmas Eve with. Thanks for the book! I never win anything….I am so excited! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

  11. Merry Christmas dearest friend. May your holiday be filled with love, Graylin’s laughter and hugs, and joyful times.
    Love you! Xo Lidy

  12. Carol Lewis-Griffin says

    Shirley, thanks for such a beautiful post this morning! I am suppose to be getting ready to leave for Pinehurst, NC for Christmas with my youngest daughter and 3 yr. old grand daughter but so glad that I stopped what I was doing to read your email this morning…….beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family and a very, happy 2019!

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  14. Thank you for sharing the story again about it there’s a Santa. The discussion a few days ago was all about this with our two young teen granddaughters visiting from Texas. Sharing the true meaning of Christmas and how the gift giving and the birth of Jesus is suppose to be celebrated. Happy Birthday Jesus and Merry Christmas to your family.

  15. Merry Christmas Shirley. Hope your day was so sweet and amazing. I love the letter Graylyn wrote to Santa after their move. Too cute. Love to see Christmas through the eyes of our sweet and innocent grands. They are such blessings and gifts in our lives. Wishing you lots of fun and new things for your blog in the new year.

  16. Loved the story, great photos! Merry Christmas to you & your family.
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  17. Sandra D in Joliet says

    I’ve always heard of “Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus” but never heard or read the entire article. Now I have. Thanks

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