"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."
Let's face it.
We might be big kids at heart, but for the most part, we're far too cynical for our own good. 26 years have made us skeptical, a skeptical society has made us bitter and our bitterness is rubbing off on our youth.
Not only do children not get to believe in Santa for long, some don't get to at all. Trust me, I'm not trying to step on any toes here, in fact, I have incredibly close family friends who will raise their child without a faith in Santa Claus.
They have their reasons for wanting to raise their child on an honest foundation, just like I have mine for believing every child should get to be a little more innocent, a little more hopeful and a little better for a little bit longer. I think children should get to be kids for as long as they can.
So when Pearyn asks for the truth, that's exactly what I'm going to give her.
"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 our life its highest beauty and joy."
Because when it comes down to it, wouldn't the world be better if he did exist? Shouldn't at least the spirit and the emotions Santa Claus is supposed to evoke survive the skepticism, the reality, of our modern world?
"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."
Perhaps believing in Santa Claus is a fallacy, perhaps it's a betrayal to allow my daughter to believe in something I know isn't metaphysically present, but then again, is it wrong to let my daughter believe this world is a little bit better than we all thought? Is it wrong to want our children to find more in this holiday than just a big price tag mommy and daddy conquered for them?
"Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else as real and abiding."
"No Santa Claus? Thank God he lives and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, maybe 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the hearts of children."