Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa on December 21, 1960 · Page 17
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Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa · Page 17

Postville, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 21, 1960
Page 17
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Yes, Virginia There Is A Santa Claus It was the year 1897. Virginia O'Hanlon, a little New York girl was beginning to feel the disil- i lusionment of her life as her chjld- ]hood fancies and beliefs were being crushed by her playmates' scorn. With their superior knowledge of all things real and unreal they scoffed at Virginia's belief in Santa Claus. Finally Virginia NYBERG'S \m AND HOME SUPPLY 6 4-7712 Postville, Iowa § « 9 § I i •IK In all its ancient beauty, Christmas is with ^ ^ us once more. To every- one, we extend our „ wishes that this | ^fly^ holy season may be radiant with love and joy. C/iristmas "When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy." May the radiance of Christmas shine upon you as upon the ELLIS BLACKSMITH Postville, Iowa POSTVILLE (Iowa) HERALD Wednesday, December 21, 1960 wrote to the New York Sun. Her letter was as follows: Dear Editor: I am nine years old. Some-of my friends say there isn't any Santa Claus. Papa says "If you see it in the Sun it's so." Please tell me the, truth; is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O'Hanlon. In reply, Francis P. Church, wrote an editorial which has become a newspaper classic. The publishers of this newspaper feel that it never grows old, so for that reason we have once again reprinted it this Christmas Time. "Virginia, your little friends are wrong. "They have been affected by the skepticism of a sceptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible for their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or little children's are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant in his intellect compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole 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 you life in 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 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 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 winders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. "You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there's a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man nor the united strength of all the strongest men that lived could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it 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, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the hearts of childhood." GREEK TRADITION A traditional preparation Greece is "Christpsomo" or "Bread of Christ." Before baking this holiday threat, the housewife makes a hand print on the surface of the dough and it is said that the hand print is proof of the birth of Christ. With joy and thankfulness in our hearts we send to all our friends the Season's best wishes. TINDELL'S SHOE REPAIRING Postville, Iowa May the spirit of Christinas live in your heart and bring to you and your family enduring spiritual happiness. That is our wish for all our many friends for now and always. Waters Dairy and Dairy Bar DISTRIBUTORS OF MEADOW GOLD DAIRY PRODUCTS Postville, Iowa *** DR. R. F. SCHNEIDER VETERINARIAN Postville, Iowa I jjj s? s? • POSTVILLE FARM COOPERATIVE CREAMERY Postville, Iowa it <s g 18 l/V t this joyous season, we take great pleasure in thanking you for your loyal patronage and in wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! As we bid adieu to 1960, we pause to say a big "thank you" to all you folks who it was our pleasure to serve. WE BELIEVE that keeping faith with our customers is the only way to keep in business. Drop in often. We're at your service—all ways. OVERLAND HATCHERY HYLINE CHICKS Postville, Iowa ««««

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