Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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I want to wish all of you on here a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We have our political differences as well as varying outlooks on life. However, there is far more that unites us than divides us and I have no doubt that the vast majority of posters on here are decent and kind.

I think we could all agree that the last two years have been especially challenging and yet here we are with a lot more positives than negatives. So let's concentrate on those positives, while being aware of the negatives, and vow to have a great 2022! My best to all you!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Thank you for the positive post!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
Dear Editor—
I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it
in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
Virginia O’Hanlon
Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical
age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not
comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s,
are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared
with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the
whole of truth and knowledge.
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. You might get your papa to
hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did
not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? 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. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s
no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are
unseen and unseeable in the world.
You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering
the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest
men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that
curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in
all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia,
nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
Francis B. Church
Editor of the New York Sun
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Thanks Urbane, thanks zookeeper.

A Merry Christmas and a happy and very healthy New Year to you and all the Castanet convicts.
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:smt111 HO HO HO :smt111

We dreamed of a White Christmas and got it!

Merry Christmas to you all, may today be a day of peace!
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Merry Christmas to everyone!
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:smt111 Merry Christmas all you lovely people!
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Wishing all of you a very merry Christmas.
I hope Santa has found you well on this beautiful day.
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Hopefully everyone received what they were hopping for... may everyone have a Happy New Year.

As well may this latest variant be covid last kick at the can and turn into another seasonal thing, we humans have to live with.
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Merry Christmas, all! :130:
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Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr!
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Glacier wrote: Dec 25th, 2021, 1:14 pm Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr!
Ebenfalls.
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The adventure continues...

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Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
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