Celebrations Christmas Podcast TTT Reading Season 3

Season 3 Episode 52:  Is There A Santa Claus?

Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia.

Thank you for listening in!

I am your host, Rebecca Budd. I look forward to sharing this moment with you. 

December 24th Christmas Eve has arrived.  With the last-minute shopping completed, we ready our hearts for this special evening anticipated since the beginning of December.  All the plans have been made, the gifts have been wrapped and the baking completed.

All of December has been in anticipation of Christmas Day.  And yet, as I look back, it was Christmas Eve that held the magic.  The lights of the Christmas tree flickered, spreading a warmth around us as we sipped hot chocolate and waited for Santa Claus to arrive. 

Of course, Santa would come.

After all, he is one of the most ubiquitous figures in modern culture.  Consider that Santa travels the world in one night, which makes his sleigh the fastest and oldest high-speed zero-emission vehicle in the world.

And everyone knows, or should know, that Santa Claus is a Canadian citizen. Santa’s home at the North Pole lies in an area between Russia, Norway, Canada, the United States, and Denmark.  But it was Canada that declared that St. Nick is legally considered to be Canadian.  Indeed, it is official.  Santa and his partner Mrs. Claus have been issued Canadian passports and a postal code H0H 0H0.  Every December 24th, Mrs. Claus ensures that Santa has his passport with him when he leaves the North Pole.

Santa Claus has been with us for many centuries and is steeped in the heart of Christmas traditions. Known as Saint Nicholas or Kris Kringle, Santa’s story goes back into the third century when Saint Nicholas walked among us and became the patron saint of children. Fast forward to the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe.  During the Protestant Reformation, St Nicholas retained his popularity, even when the veneration of saints waned.

In 1822, Clement Clarke Moore gave us the iconic “Twas the Night Before Christmas, that enlivens us with a description of a jolly elf, who wore red, and delivers toys to good girls and boys on Christmas Eve.

Is Santa real? Of course, he is!

There is reliable confirmation that dates to 1897, when eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote her famous letter.

You may recall that it all began when Virginia asked her father, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, whether there really was a Santa Claus.  Her father’s answer was brilliant.  Instead of responding himself, he suggested that she write direct to The Sun, one of New York’s most prominent newspapers at the time.  He assured her that “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.”

Virginia O’Hanlon Letter to the Sun: Is there a Santa Claus? (Public Domain)

Virginia received a response from veteran newsman, Francis Pharcellus Church, a lead editorial writer for the New York Sun. Francis Church, who had seen great suffering as a war correspondent during the American Civil War, was a known skeptic, hardened cynic who had little tolerance for superstitious beliefs.  And yet, he recognized the need for hope and faith in society.  Perhaps it is when we see sorrow and grief, we are more able to answer a call for affirmation in the goodness of life.  For that is what Virginia looked for when she asked whether there is a Santa Claus.

More than a century later, the article written by Francis Church still maintains it standing as the most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

Join me as I read Francis Church’s most famous editorial written in 1897 – Is there a Santa Clause?

Is There A Santa Claus Tea. Toast. & Trivia.

Original article in The New York Sun of September 21, 1897 (Public Domain) written by Francis Pharcellus Church

Dear friends, may the joy of Christmas Eve surround you and yours, with love, warmth, and wonder.  Together, may we embrace hope and expectation as we enter a new year.  

From our house to yours, A Merry Christmas and all the very best of the Holiday Season. 

Until next time we meet, keep safe and be well!

By Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

32 replies on “Season 3 Episode 52:  Is There A Santa Claus?”

Thank you for listening in, Darlene and for you lovely comments. I have ALWAYS believed in Santa Claus. I am so proud that Santa and Mrs Claus are Canadian and live at H0H 0H0! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Hugs!

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Thank you for this beautiful article, you have written many, but this is the very best and unusual of them all. Of course, Santa and Mrs. Clause are Canadian, I enjoyed the reference to Mrs. Santa Clause and her interest in preparing him for his long journey, details of his journey and his gifts to the children. Thank you for printing the fantastic newspaper article in response to the little girl’s question about Santa Clause-still a famous answer and still printed very widely. Thank you for reading the famous Author’s response! May we never lose the wonder, beauty and love of the Season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New

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I agree wholehearted, Frances. May we never lose the wonder, beauty and love of this season. In the midst of complexity and uncertainty, the joy of family and friendships remind us that we are not alone. I am delighted that you enjoyed this podcast! I have always believed in Santa and am very pleased that he and Mrs Claus are Canadian! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Thank you so much, Rebecca for the lovely reading of a wonderful, and wonderfully correct answer to a question that remains important to children of all ages. I didn’t realize Santa was Canadian, but that seems fitting.

Merry Christmas to you and Don and if we don’t connect during the week, I wish you both a very Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas, Elisabeth. What an adventure we’ve had this past year. It snowed in Vancouver on Christmas Day. I was out with my cell phone and was able to take a photo that almost looks like the photos you take of FInland. Notice the world “almost” -LOL!!!

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I knew that you would like the H0H 0H0 – and that Santa and Mrs. Claus were Canadians. Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it. Many thanks for your generosity of spirit and warm welcome whenever I visit you space. I LOVE that you are on WordPress!

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Yay, thanks Rebecca. I love that I’m on WP too, but I wish they’d show me notifications. I’m signed up to receive notifications from your blog but haven’t been receiving. I just followed AGAIN. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂 xx

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I am delighted that you listened in, Linda! I hope to encourage others to share their ideas using their voice. We are living in a time where technology allows us to connect virtually. British Columbia has introduced new restrictions re: Covid, so we celebrated Christmas with our family virtually. To hear a voice is a wonderful experience. Your heartwarming comments are very much appreciated, Linda! Many thanks coming along with my best and warmest wishes for a Happy New Year!

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We had a wonderful Christmas with snow to add beauty to the day. Even though there were more restrictions over the holiday season, we enjoyed a virtual Christmas. I am delighted that you share my belief in Santa Claus. Looking forward to all the adventures that we will have in 2022 – together!! Sending many hugs and love across the ocean!!

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