This is a wonderful, but hectic time of year at Burkevale. Santa is on the minds of many children. But for those who question Santa I think back to that famous 1897 response the New York’s Sun newspaper published in response to a little girl, Virginia, age 8, who asked if Santa existed. Here is an excerpt:
"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.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! …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… No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood."
Burkevale is also blessed to be able to celebrate openly with students the "Christ" in Christmas. While his existence is also often questioned, our faith and actions bring the Lord’s message to life, especially this time of year. From our daily saying of The Lord’s Prayer, to our Christmas Concerts, to our food drive and "adopt-a-family’ campaign, we remind children that Jesus exists, too.
On behalf of the Burkevale staff, have a very merry and holy Christmas