Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas!

These words still ring true today...

Editorial Page, New York Sun, 1897
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 scepticism of a sceptical 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 external 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 have 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.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Armand Ploton

Our friends Phil and Claire Ploton welcomed Armand into the world on Saturday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. local time. After a 4-day delay and a 38-hour layover in the clinic, Armand finally joined his parents weighing 3.48 kilos (7.65 pounds) and measuring 52 cm (20.1 inches).

Everyone is doing fine. Tired, but fine. Theo hasn't meet him yet, but is extremly happy that he'll soon have someone to wrestle with.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Got Milk?

With a face like that, just bring him a cow...

Friday, December 09, 2005

La Fête des Lumière

Yesterday was "la Fête des Lumière" in Lyon. Thousands of candles illuminate the city every 8th of December. The festival is to pay hommage to the Virgin Mary for whom it is believed saved the town from the Black Plague in 1643. This is a shot from our terrace.