I’m reminded of the editorial that appeared in The (New York) Sun in 1897, titled, Is There a Santa Claus? In answer to the question of eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, the editor, Francis Pharcellus Church, wrote a long response letter in which appeared the famous reply, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”
Church, in effort not to dash the little girl’s hopes gave a beautiful philosophical explanation for our belief in jolly old St. Nick. He pointed to the human yearning for faith, hope, love, beauty and joy as the means by which Santa Claus exists.
The tables are turned now. Across the country, there are hundreds of thousands of young women hoping that the fantasy that’s been...READ MORE