Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Christmas windows at Macy's Herald Square featuring the story of Virginia O'Hanlon

Cherry cheeks and red velour complement the bearded man who heroically hosts holidays past and present. Slinging a satchel of surprises from rooftop to fireplace, "Santa" represents merriment, cheer and generosity for all ages. This week, Macy's 34th Street windows showcase the story of Virginia O'Hanlon, the 8-year-old who wrote The New York Sun and posed the question of whether Santa Claus exists. The famous response [here], prompted a book, a movie, and remains the most reprinted editorial published in an English language newspaper. Keep reading for a look at Macy's holiday windows featuring Virginia's iconic story...

Wonder if Santa accepts email?!

"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 eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished."
--Francis Pharcellus Church, September 21, 1897

Sometimes it's nice to play Santa to those less fortunate...

How many languages do you think Santa speaks? More than the Pope?

Nice jacket, Virginia!

Yes, Virginia--There IS a Santa Claus!

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