They Just Don’t Write (or Think) Like This Anymore…

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We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

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
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 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 hire 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.

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“Is There a Santa Claus?” reprinted from the September 21, 1897, number of The New York Sun.

Michael Ondrasik and Home Video Studio specialize in the preservation of family memories (and childlike wonder) through the digitalization of film, videotape, audio recordings, photos, negatives and slides. For more information, call 352-735-8550 or visit our website.

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How Did Christmas Look on the Year You Were Born?

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Things do change… Christmas is no exception. Have fun scrolling through these pictures that highlight what was popular at Christmastime through the years.

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Michael Ondrasik and Home Video Studio specialize in the preservation of family memories. For more information, call 352-735-8550 or visit www.homevideostudio.com/mtd

Countdown to Christmas XII

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Twas the day before Christmas, and at HVS
Our machines have stopped whirring and we are at rest
The disks we created were received with great joy.
Our clients are happy – each girl and each boy.
For their tapes, films and slides from times long since past;
We transferred them all so that now they will last.
And as families all gather around their TVs
We smile knowing they’re watching our DVDs.
To our clients we say with our hearts filled with cheer,
Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!
Michael Ondrasik and Home Video Studio specialize in the preservation of family memories. And don’t forget about our end of year sale! It kicks off Tuesday Dec 26 and runs through Saturday Dec 30. Biggest discounts of the year! For more information, call 352-735-8550 or visit www.homevideostudio.com/mtd

Presents under the tree

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Those aren’t presents under the Christmas tree in our studio… they’re pasts.

Each of those gift bags contains one of our customer’s finished projects. Inside the bag could be a DVD or a CD or a thumb drive where their digitalized family memories have been stored. All that is needed is for them to pick it up and begin reliving those precious times that they had recorded.

There is a certain bonding that takes place any time a family watches their memories together. Christmas is the perfect time to make that happen. Laughter, tears, hugs and stories abound as one image after another begin to unlock the past and bring to mind once forgotten times or events and the emotions that come with them.

If you are thinking it is too late to prepare something for this coming Christmas, you’re wrong. I’ve been putting in some extra hours just to keep up with the holiday rush and there is still room on my schedule for some quick turnarounds. But that schedule could fill up fast so no procrastinating. After all, there’s only 12 days left until Christmas Eve is upon us.

Michael Ondrasik and Ho-Ho-Home Video Studio specialize in the preservation of family memories. For more information call 352-735-8550 or visit www.homevideostudio.com/mtd.