Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Twelve Books of Christmas (at least in our house!) - Book 12

I know ... I'm getting this one in just under the wire! It's the middle of the night, and we're in the midst of packing for a trip we will hopefully be taking tomorrow, provided the road we need to drive on to "... be home for Christmas" stays open amidst a gazillion inches of snow and freezing rain!

I couldn't think of a better book to end the Twelve Books of Christmas with than this one ... "Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus". I had never even heard of it until about three weeks ago, when my mother-in-law asked if I'd ever read it. On one of her trips here, she brought me her copy ... purchased in 1972. A beautiful, well-preserved book ... with a timeless message.

Today ... this very book arrived in the mail for me. A gift from my mother-in-law. I don't plan to read it to my kids just yet ... maybe not even next year. But, I think this is the one I'll pull out when they finally look me in the eyes and asked me the question, "Mom ... is Santa real?"

"Yes, Virginia..." centers around a little girl (Virginia ... obviously), who asks that question. The older printing of the book provides a bit more back story than the new printing, explaining that Virginia's dad, upon hearing the question, tells his daughter to ask The New York Sun ... because what they say is always true.

So ... she writes to the editor of the New York Sun.

The treasured, timeless response by Mr. Francis Pharcellus Church, in the year 1897, was eventually turned into book form. And, thank goodness for that ... it is a classic and is as wonderfully relevant today as I'm sure it was back then.

Enjoy ... and blessings to you this Christmas!

7 comments:

amanda said...

Hi Kelly, thanks for the comment awhile ago!! sorry I am terrible about looking at my comments:)
I love your blog too, its always fun to "spy" on other Blogs:)
Hope you are all doing well!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Amanda Whitman

Kelly H-y said...

Hi Amanda! Thanks so much for stopping by! Great to hear from you ... hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!

Gottawrite Girl said...

KELLY!!! I can't believe I didn't mention this before, but I gotta another one for you!!! It's called the Fox at the Manger, written by the author of Mary Poppins, actually... it's SO good, and SO meaningful.

Anywho, I hope your holiday was a warm one!!!

; )

Sus.

Kelly Hoeckelberg-Young said...

Oh, Susan ... thanks so much! I think ... maybe ... I've heard of that one ... but I've never read it before! I'm going to look for it ... thanks so much for the great suggestion! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Jeff B said...

When the kids ask you that question it's a real mixed emotion time. You know some of that wide eyed innocence is giving way to growing, free-thinking young mind. (sigh)

Happy New Year to you all.

CariJ said...

Hi, Kelly! Thanks for the great Christmas letter...decided to stop by your blog because I don't have your email address. I didn't know you were writing, but it's funny because that's what I've been doing too. Would love to catch up with you. Happy New Year!

Cari Gintner Johnson
www.marriedtothepastor.com

Kelly Hoeckelberg-Young said...

Hi Jeff! Yes ... I can only imagine ... and it will probably come sooner than I want it to! Happy New Year to you!

Cari! So happy to see you stopped by ... I'm off to check out your site right now!!!! Great to hear from you!