From our Guest Shopper Guru, Christyl Lee,
Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus…
The downtown shops of Lexington, Virginia, have all decorated their windows and interiors in the spirit of Christmas, and the parade has marched down Main Street. This marks the official start of the holiday season for many. At my house, it means that it is time to put up the tree and pull all of the boxes of holiday decorations down from the attic. Each box contains those enduring holiday figures that, once carefully unwrapped, immediately create that delightful feeling of warmth and joy that are what this season is all about.
There is something about holiday traditions and décor that evoke an innocence and timelessness that is unique to the holidays. This caroling Byers’ Choice figure is a perfect example of the timelessness that is part of the holidays even in today’s modern world.
A young Virginia O’Hanlon, eight years old to be exact, wrote a simple letter to the editor of the New York Sun in 1897. One hundred and fourteen years later, one would be hard-pressed to find someone who had never heard the signature line of the editor’s response to young Virginia’s query: “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” The full text of the editorial can be found by clicking this link: http://www.newseum.org/yesvirginia/clipping.htm.
You can bring young Virginia into your home this Christmas by visiting Virginia Born and Bred. She is a lovely 10” figure, dressed in period holiday attire with her own copy of New York’s Sun newspaper. She will undoubtedly add a charming touch of tradition and holiday history to any mantle or tabletop in your home.