We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of THE SUN:
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?
115 West Ninety Fifth Street
Virginia, 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. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
...And even I got teary-eyed when this fellow showed up...
ABOUT FARROW & BALL
Founded in Dorset, England in the 1930s by John Farrow and Richard Ball, the company that bears their name revolutionized the emerging modern paint industry. Farrow and Ball were completely committed to preserving traditional craftsmanship at a time when the industrial revolution demanded that products be made faster and cheaper, regardless of the effect on quality or the environment. The two paint pioneers formulated their recipes strictly with only the best materials: the paints have an unusually high pigment content and light refracting quality, which in turn produces deep, rich colors. Each hue has a purposeful name, chosen with historical significance or narrative emotion to draw the onlooker into a story. “Mouse’s Back", "Manor House Gray", and "Print Room Yellow” are a few favorites. The company continues to honor the legacy of the old, marrying it with newer environmentally friendly techniques. All F&B paint is water based, dries quickly with minimal odor and is safe for children’s environments. Every one of the curated palette of 132 colors is still produced with pride at the original Dorset factory. This year, Farrow & Ball unveiled nine new colors! In keeping with the practice to choose significant hues, the nine are inspired by and named after the Dorset landscape. You can see those colors here.
Here are a few color combos I’d like to try...
FARROW & BALL, A DESIGNER’S DARLING
It is no wonder that Farrow & Ball quickly became prized for its unique quality almost from the moment the company began. As important as the wonderfully soulful color range offered are the fabulous finishes available. I’m crazy for the ESTATE EMULSION flat finish. In my world, wall paint cannot be flat enough...this one is as chalky and deep a finish as I’ve seen. And I love the FULL GLOSS finish - which is incredibly versatile for indoors and out…and it is suitable for metal surfaces too. It has almost a lacquered effect…which makes me swoon – and it’s not from the fumes, as there are none! From Royal and government chambers to the houses of private citizens, F&B continues to garner an intelligently devoted following. This article from House Beautiful features designer Alexander Doherty’s revitalization of a 1911 Manhattan apartment, inspired by rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He used exclusively Farrow & Ball paint!
Walls: Dix Blue; Trim: Oval Room Blue
Walls: Pavilion Gray; Trim: Lamp Room Gray
Walls: London Clay; Trim: Charleston Gray