Years ago, a young girl wrote a letter to The New York Sun newspaper with one simple question; Is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O’Hanlon wrote to The Sun these words:
“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”
Many of us are familiar with the story. One of the paper’s editors, Francis Pharcellus Church, responded with the memorable phrase, “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” His actual response was much longer. You can find the full response even today on The Sun’s website.
A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that 73% of Americans believe that Jesus was born of a virgin. 81% believe baby Jesus was laid in a manger and 74% believe that angels announced his birth.
As things become more and more chaotic for you and your family this Christmas season, stop for a moment and ask yourself, “Do I believe?” A story told and retold for almost 2,000 years. A story of a virgin. An angel. A trip. A stable. A birth…that changed everything.