A VOA listener in Hochiminh City, Vietnam, asks if American children believe in Santa Claus.
In 1897, one child wrote to a New York newspaper with her question. A newspaper official answered her letter in the paper. It has become famous. The little girl wrote : "I am 8 years old. Some of my friends say there is no Santa Claus. Please tell me the truth : is there Santa Claus ? Virginia."
The newspaper official told Virginal her friends were wrong. Here is part of his answer :
"Yes, Virginia, there is Santa Claus. He exist as certainly as love exits. Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those neither children nor men can see. Thanks God, he lives and lives for ever. A thousand years from now, VIrginia, he will continue to make glad the hearts of childhood."
American children today question the idea of Santa Claus as they grow older. But those who are young do believe. They even write letters to Santa. Post officers throughout the country receive about 500,000 letters for Santa each year. Post office officials say children writing to Santa often do not ask for things for themselves. They ask for things to help their parents and other members of their family. Things like clothes or shoes or a job. One child this year asked Santa Claus for a car so that her mother could get to work.
(VOA special English)
Cuốn sách các con học Anh văn, Bố tự tay làm năm 1997, giờ cầm trên tay thật là xúc động. Post lesson này làm quà Noel năm nay, 2007, cho con gái con trai của Bố,
nếu các con vẫn còn tin là có ÔNG GIÀ NOEL :
he will continue to make glad the hearts of childhood