Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus - By Skip Parker
This blog was written in response to a letter written to Skip Parker just before Christmas, 2011.
"DEAR Skip: Some people are saying some crazy
things and it's really testing my faith. Please tell me the truth; is
there a Santa Claus?
"VIRGINIA O'HANLON - "Lombard, Illinois."
VIRGINIA, I'm afraid that you, like so many of us have been affected by
the skepticism of a skeptical age. Sadly so many of us believe only in
what we can see.
Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and
generosity exist; He exists in the kindness of strangers and the
unexpected gifts that life joyfully drops in our laps each day.Take for instance the maniacal driver
who honks furiously and flips us the finger for driving too slowly on a
snow covered highway. As you pass
him moments later while his car sits facing the wrong way in a ditch, up
to his windshield in snow, tell me there's no Santa Claus.How about the rude and impatient
shopper who cuts in front of you in line only to find himself stuck
behind Estelle Getty with a change purse full of expired coupons, who then
attempts to pay with a check from the first national bank of the
confederate union... while a new checkout aisle magically opens up for
you.He lives Virgina, He
lives.Did you ever open
your six piece McNuggets and find that inside there were seven? Santa Claus: Alive and Well.How about when the
obnoxious co-worker gets the promotion that you were hoping for and two months later they eliminate the position and he's gone. What's that? I think I hear Santa Claus! Remember the pretty
cheerleader in high school that wouldn't give you the time of day? You run in to her at Wal Mart and she's
gained roughly two hundred pounds and in twenty years, has gone from
homecoming queen... to homecoming float? Jingle Jingle! I believe that’s
Though we may not actually see
Santa Claus, it is no sign that he isn't there. The most real things in
the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Like the
boogey man, the smart aleck youngster that supposedly told Bozo to
"cram it" and the kid who lost an eye from someone shooting
rubber bands. Santa Claus lives
and he lives forever. As sure as the bully who makes fun of the sickly
geek for throwing up in class...then ends up puking himself.He lives indeed. A thousand years from
now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood and the child
in us all.