Christmas Poem V: “Virginia Knew”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I’m publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar.

Today’s poem was written in 1996, when I was a senior in college. It’s a reference to the famous “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” editorial by Francis Church, first published in the New York Sun in 1897.

Virginia knew there was a Santa
And I can tell as well
In love that makes the snow seem warm
And bells that sing Noel
December has a special song
Amidst the moody year
And all who hear its silent charm
Shed a single smiling tear
The soul of Christmas is born anew
In each enchanted child
And when we give of all we have
This day makes our souls wild
Virginia knew there was a Santa
And I must say she’s right
For the love of God comes down on Earth
Each year on this one night

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