On Virginia and Santa Claus

Interfaith graphic by Justice St. Rain (Bahá’í Community) of Interfaith Resources

Interfaith graphic by Justice St. Rain (Bahá’í Community) of Interfaith Resources

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

Yes, Virginia, when I was your age, I believed in Santa – then I questioned – and then I did not believe for a long time – but I was older when I realized Santa Claus is real.

Yes, Virginia, we link Santa Claus to a Christian holiday, but because of Santa, many celebrate Christmas who aren’t Christians.

Yes, Virginia, Santa is important because he is a spirit for all of humanity. He’s not White, Black, Hispanic, or Asian … He may be all of those or whoever someone wants him to be because Santa is for everyone.

Yes, Virginia, we link Santa Claus to St. Nicholas (a Christian saint), but the gift of giving and kindness is important to not just to Christians, but to Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Hindus, Atheists, Agnostics, Secular Humanists, and all the religions of all the people throughout the big, wonderful world.

Yes, Virginia, some loudly complain about a war on Christmas, buy they do not give Santa much credit.

Yes, Virginia, in the spirit of Santa Claus, I want to give gifts to my readers and anyone who visits this post because I believe there are so many good people throughout the world – and kindness is something all of us have in common.

Yes, Virginia, I want anyone to take as many gifts under this tree as the they want – as long as they tell me in a comment – and they can return as often as they want for more! Yes Virginia, giving is important.

To my fellow Christian friends, Merry Christmas – and we also know what else we are celebrating – and that is important to us to remember.

To all, may the spirit kindness of the holiday season touch each of you … and thanks for all of your doses of Santa kindness that you deliver to my little corner of the world throughout the year and in the time to come.

Yes, Virginia, Santa is about Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All!

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Many of us are grown up now, but Michael Buble shares a Grown Up Christmas List through clips of classic movies about the holidays.

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This Bing Crosby classic song is a wonderful tradition.

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Lights are one of the joys of the season, so here’s a house serving as a background to an acoustic guitar version of The First Noel by Trans Siberian Orchestra

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Several years ago, Lynn (Composer in the Garden) wrote Father Time, and this is a good opportunity to share her spirit of the season.

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To many, handbells are a sound of the season. Here is a fast-paced version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen with interesting techniques that our choir is playing Christmas Eve. (Start at 1:15 in the video)

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Here’s some Christmas flavor from a local legend. Like her famous nephew George, the late Rosemary Clooney’s roots are Cincinnati. Her Christmas Mem’ries will rekindle your memories.

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I find Where Are You Christmas? by The Piano Guys to be special music that is fitting for this post.

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… and their Carol of the Bells is outstanding.

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For the dancers in the crowd, a spin around the floor to the Christmas Waltz promises to deliver smiles.

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A post like this must include on piece of humor, thus so cheers to the Star Trek spin on a holiday favorite.

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A Fire for You (John Boswell) delivers beautiful music to for the Winter Solstice and the season.

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The universe is a spectacular place, and its wonders continue to amaze me. Enjoy a trip through the universe through the Hubble telescope accompanied by a piano version of Oh Holy Night.

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Manheim Steamroller’s version of Silent Night is not only one of my favorite joys of the season, it is also very calming and accompanied by beautiful images.

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For those wanting to celebrate the sounds of Christmas through voices, Andrea Bocelli and Katherine Jenkins are wonderful together … and yes Virginia, I believe.

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124 thoughts on “On Virginia and Santa Claus

    • Jim.
      I believe that bell choir is an audition group … but not sure … However, that is the best rendition I could find of this arrangement. Merry Christmas to you, Melanie, and your family!

  1. One song that I keep thinking of when I hear all the controversy over Jesus — who, according to Fox News was white is the one I will link to below. Thank you for all of these songs, Frank. Some of my favorites that I will listen to when John leaves the room ;)

    • Elyse,
      That is a beautiful song with a message, so I can see why it resonates with you .. .and I must admit, it’s a song that I didn’t know until now. … Meanwhile, let me know your favorite video!

      • I know a song you don’t? It was on one of our favorite Christmas albums — Andy Williams. I have been thinking of it so much this year, after the whole Jesus and Santa are white, get over it saga. As a kid, I never believed in Santa. But I did believe that everybody saw Jesus looking like themselves (only male ;) ).

        I still have to listen to these songs — I think the Rosemary Clooney one is new to me.

  2. Merry Christmas Frank! The party was a smash and very very creative on your part! The Christmas music is wonderful and I loved them all. Big Christmas hugs to you and yours!

    • Jackie,
      I’m glad you had the time to attend the holiday party, and I’m sure you are using that creative journal. :) Music plays such a role in Christmas season … and with videos, one can add much to the music. Glad you enjoyed them .. Merry Christmas to you … and stay warm up there in Calgary!

    • Cayman,
      Cheers to another believer in Santa Claus … thus more evidence for Virginia.

      Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in over 20 years, so we’re due . and love to see that happen for Marvin. Injuries are piling up here, then again, that’s part of the game.

      Merry Christmas to you!

    • Guapo,
      That letter inspired this post as I tried to do it in a different way. Thanks for the link. Now I can’t believe I didn’t think of posting a video of those words … now you inspired me to find one … Merry Christmas!

  3. aFA…Happy Christmas Eve from Portland Oregon where flipflops, shorts and SHADES are in fashion!! My favourite video: it would have to be the Piano Guys “Where Are You Christmas”. I think you introduced me to the Piano Guys videos, aFA and I’m returning the favour by sending you ALL OF ME by Piano Guy Jon Schmidt with a promise to play it for you on my own piano should you and the Mrs. ever grace our City of Roses http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fAZIQ-vpdw Here’s to believing….

  4. A very Merry Christmas to you Frank and to your family… and yes Virginia Frank has said the words now you better believe it or the Bulldog might just need to visit… Frank may the New Year be as good to you as you want it to be, and I look forward to our daily visit in 2014…

  5. Of course Santa is real, I just met him in Rovaniemi. He was delightful and charming and his village is beautiful. We will be going on a reindeer sleigh to see the northern lights soon, my first really white Christmas.

    • Georgette,
      Knowing that you watched them all is your gift to me. Thanks because I know this collection is special indeed … and something for all. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  6. Merry Christmas, Frank. Your bell choir is so talented – I loved your version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and Captain Picard and the Piano Guys Carol of the Bells. Thank you for the lovely gifts!

    • Cathy,
      You’ve enjoyed quite the variety … good for you! For a volunteer group, our choir does well. I believe the choir in the video may be an audition group in Nashville … then again, that could be incorrect. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. I didn’t realize that I had to click on my name for a special gift located on Onion, a favorite site of mine. Thanks for the surprise and the cleverly appropriate gift.
    When I was directed to your blog through , Marina, I was given another special gift. I’m so pleased the big WWW can take us to blogs of many, many interesting people among which you are as is your blog. I hope to read your future posts and gain enjoyment from each one of them.
    I liked so many of the videos it would be wrong to list them and leave one out. I must admit as a former dancer there was one that brought an extra smile to my face.
    May your holdiay season be filled with all the magical wonders it is meant to bring to our hearts.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours !!!
    Isadora

  8. Wow Frank, thank you for those spectacular Videos, Loved the hand Bells and the Piano Guys, I have saved that one to re-listen to later and find out more, as Loved their style :-D

    Thank you for the time and effort you spent in putting together such a wonderful Christmas Eve spectacular Musical event which not only caught the Christmas Spirit, but the nostalgia of Christmas’s Past…
    Enjoy your Holidays and thank you for your support I hope to enjoy more of your wonderful posting in 2014

    Happy Christmas
    Sue :-)

    • Sue,
      It’s a pleasure putting this one together (and I think this may be the third year I’ve done this). The joys come from the comments as yours. Many blessings to you and yours for the holiday season and beyond. Merry Christmas.

  9. Virginia – isn’t that a state? Of mind, I mean. Take it from me, Santa is a lot more real than most of the stuff we’re told during the rest of the year. Merry Christmas!

  10. Frank, if there were media awards for “The Blog Merriest Christmas Posting Fight” like the house decorations, you’d be the winner.
    So appreciate this collection. (bookmarking it).
    It’s been a tough year, but you must be one of Santy’s chief elves able to fly above it all.
    Hope you and yours have the merriest Christmas

  11. I would like to think the spirit of peace and goodwill toward your fellow man could surpass specific religion, and even specific dates, to be an ideal goal for every day and for every person. Would that be true….
    Ah, but enough humbug. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, Frank, and a joyous holiday season to all your readers, whatever they celebrate and wherever they may be! (And a special “thank you” for the bit of Trek sprinkled in your post. ;) )

  12. What a lovely present, Frank. I loved each and every one of them…all wonderful, different and the Rosemary Clooney video brought some back nice memories. I truly appreciate all the time you put in to share this present with us. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas. By the way, I’m one of the believers. :)

  13. Ah, Frank, what a beautiful Christmas post, my friend. I actually listened to each and every one! With our move ahead we haven’t had a “proper” Xmas eve” so this was just perfect! Thank you! :-) Hope you are having a beautiful Christmas. How did “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” go?

  14. Merry Christmas, Frank! Happy Holidays to you and your family. What a great collection of videos you have here. I wish I could watch them all. I watched the Piano Guys, hand bells (I love those), and Star Trek. Great stuff! Beautiful music.

  15. Dear Frank,
    As I listen to “Silent Night” I think …what a lovely gift.
    You are a very interesting person, Frank. I thank you for sharing your spirit… in particular the Christmas one today, with me.
    Now, I have a gift for you. http://artgowns.com/
    This is my other blog.
    Please don’t stop scrolling at the first post! Keep going, check out my side bar but if you are in a hurry check out the Page “Art Gowns for Charity” http://artgowns.com/art-gowns-for-charity/
    I am trying to do something good here with my talent.
    Love and Peace and Joy
    _Reas xo

    • Resa,
      I love that version of Silent Night, and the video is wonderful, too.

      Wow … you are quite the talent and to be using it to promote good is a great idea … and I thought you were just a photographer. …. Strawberry Kisses is my favorite as it strikes me as simple elegance.

      Thanks for the wonderful treat on my Christmas morning. Love, Peace, and Joy says a lot!

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  17. What a magnificent collection, Frank. Loved this! I’m cruising about this Christmas Day, time on my hands – just loved this. Thanks :)

    oh, & merry Christmas

  18. Thanks for the gifts from you and your readers in 2013, and thanks for letting me come back for more in 2014. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  19. Great post, Frank! I snuck a peek at the Star Trek video…(lol) cute! (I’ll be back to check out more) I hope you and your wife have a wonderful day!

  20. Ah, Frank. You have outdone yourself again! Ok, so here’s my favorite gifts which I took away: Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, the Trans Siberian Orchestra & house, Manheim Steamroller’s Silent Night, and of COURSE Andrea Bocelli (but I don’t know who the woman is, but it sounds beautiful).

    Couple of funny stories – yes, Virginia, there IS a Santa Clause, but he changes in meaning as we get older. My realization was when I was five – I was upstairs peeking over the bannister in Leipsic, Ohio, and Santa Clause rang the doorbell at 10:00 p.m.!!! Eek. When dad referred to him as “Bob” – the jig was up. But I kept it alive for my grandparents for quite a few years. :)

    When I was four, we used to go to the candlelight service on Christmas Eve with my grandparents. My brother was two. (We were well-behaved or there were consequences!) There’s a song “Holy, Holy, Holy…Lord God Almighty, early in the morning…” I’m sure you know the song. Apparently, I began speaking in full, complete sentences at age two, and this didn’t stop when we sang songs at church. Unfortunately for the rest of the congregation, I THOUGHT the words were “Oily, Oily, Oily, Lord God in My Tea…” and belted it out with much pride a gumption. Now, all the comments make sense. They didn’t tell me until I was about 6 years old.

    Here’s my gift to you – not sure if you’re familiar with Chet Atkins? He was my dad’s favorite, so I knew most of his songs by heart at an early age:

    Cheers, D

  21. Thank you so much, Frank. Wonderful post. I especially enjoyed Rosemary Clooney’s Mem’ries. :) I hope you and yours had a magical and wonder-filled Christmas.

  22. What a beautifully written response to some of the nonsense that has recently circulated about Santa’s physical appearance and characteristics. You put some very deep thoughts on the table and I am very glad I was able to finally come around and collect my gifts. I carry the spirit of Christmas with me beyond the 25th, so I’m just a little late. I am extremely partial to “I Believe” by Jenkins and Bocelli, and I can’t hear “My Grown-Up Christmas List” without getting choked up every time. The Piano Guys and Mannheim Steamroller are just wonderful, too. Good presents, Frank. I’m going to be a gift-hog…I want them all! :-)

  23. a belated one but hope you are still enjoying a happy holiday season, Frank. all the videos are on a blackout strike (lucky i have internet connection at all…) so i am imagining them all – you know how to select the right songs for every event. :) cheers!!

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