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Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

The following editorial, one of the most popular editorials of all time, appeared in The New York Sun in 1897. Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon had begun to doubt there was a Santa Claus. Her father, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, suggested she write to the New York Sun, assuring her, “If you see it in The Sun, it's so."

IS THERE A SANTA CLAUS?

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?

Virginia O'Hanlon.
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 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 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 life 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 supernatural 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.

UCLA Wins National Championship, Again

The UCLA Bruins won their second straight NCAA Men's Water Polo National Championship at the Spieker Aquatic Center on Sunday, December 6, with a 10-7 win over the USC Trojans.

The Bruins finished the season undefeated, with a 30-0 record, on their way to the title. UCLA beat the Trojans in last year's title game 9-8 for the 2014 National Championship.

This year's win marks UCLA's 10th National Championship in Men's Water Polo, and 113th NCAA Championship in all sports.

Click on the link below to watch a replay of this year's title game.

http://www.ncaa.com/video/waterpolo-men/2015-12-06/nc-mens-water-polo-championship-ucla-usc-full-replay

Earlier on Sunday, the California Bears beat USCD 20-9 to claim third place at the NCAA Championships.

USC & UCLA Face Off For NCAA Championship

The undefeated UCLA Bruins will defend their NCAA water polo title on Sunday against the USC Trojans on Sunday. The title game will start at 6:12, and take place at UCLA's Spieker Aquatic Center.

The Bruins advanced to the Championship Game with a convincing 17-4 win over UCSD in the tournament's first semi-final game on Saturday. USC upset the number two seed California Bears 9-6 in Saturday's second semi-final game, to earn their chance to face the Bruins in the NCAA finals for the second straight year.

UCLA beat USC 9-8 in last year's title game at UCSD's Canyonview Aquatic Center. USC had won the title the six previous years. This will mark the fifth time in the past seven years that the cross-town rivals have faced off for the NCAA title.

UCSD and Cal will battle for third place on Sunday, at 4:00, at the Spieker Pool.