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painting of vampire santa clausDEAR SURVEY NINJA: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Vampire Santa Claus. Papa says “If you see it on WB Wells site it’s so.” Please tell me the truth; is there a Vampire Santa Claus?

Virgina O’Hanlon – 115 West Ninety-Fifth Street

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what 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, Virgina, there is a Vampire Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life the highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary the would be the world if there were no Vampire 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 which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Vampire 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 Vampire Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Vampire Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Vampire Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Vampire Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see the 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 may 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, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view the 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 Vampire Santa Claus! Thank God he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, then times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood, and then suck their blood. Just like he does to all the elves.

Contact us if Vampire Santa did not bring you a boundary, topographic or fence survey this Christmas.

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