2011-12-07 / Opinion

We Need Santa Claus, More Than Ever

Archbold Community Theatre is currently presenting “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” a darling play about a little girl whose faith in Jolly Old St. Nick is shaken.

She questioned her local newspaper, and the answer has gone down in history as one of the most beloved pieces of Christmas literature.

Francis P. Church, the writer of the famous editorial, told Virginia that Santa exists “as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy!”

The play is set in 1897, when the actual event occurred, but it could just as easily be set in 2011.

Perhaps today, we need Santa Claus more than ever. We are in our third year of seemingly unending economic doldrums. The petty political bickering in Washington portend an immediate future of no progress. The news of the day is unendingly bleak.

With families falling on hard times, with people out of work, and, in some cases, out of hope, now is the time for us all to invest a little belief in a bearded man in a red suit, who lives at the North Pole and delivers presents to good little boys and girls.

To paraphrase Church, we believe in love, don’t we? What harm can it do?

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