12月 192006
 

Letter from Santa Claus

長男と長女宛に,フィンランドのサンタクロースから手紙が届いた.

かわいらしい手紙は,サンタクロースの絵が描かれた綺麗な封筒に入っている.その封筒には,12/12/2006付けのRovaniemi, Finlandの消印が押されていた.

“Hello My Friend”で始まる手紙には,サンタクロースの住む地域の様子が描かれ,「小妖精(elf)たちが君が良い子にしてるって言ってたよ.そう.人に親切にすると,その人達がよくしてくれるんだ.クリスマスを楽しむんだよ.来年もね.」と書いてある(もちろん原文は英語).そして,その下に,Santa Clausのサイン.

実は,手紙は,これで終わりではなかった.PSとして,”Dear Y. and K. genki de nakayoku”とローマ字で書かかれている.YとKは長男長女のイニシャルだ.

もうすぐ,クリスマス.良いものをいただいた.

フィンランドから届いたサンタクロースからの手紙
サンタクロースからの手紙

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

クリスマスの時期,サンタクロースのことを思うと,いつもニューヨーク・サン紙の有名な社説を思い出す.再掲しておこう.

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

We take pleasure in answering 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

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 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 external 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 you 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 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, 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 lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

From the editorial of The New York Sun. September 21, 1897

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