Beautiful five-year-old Renee still lives in a world without malice, an ideal world where fantasies are made.
She believes in the tooth fairy and in Santa Claus.
But some of her friends told her that Santa was not real, that Santa didn’t exist.
Renee knows Santa exists. She told us when we met her.
‘‘I like Santa,’’ she said.
‘‘Have you met Santa in the street or in the shopping centre?’’ we asked.
‘‘No, but I saw him on television... he gave me presents last year... we don’t have a chimney, but Mum leaves the door open for him.’’
She is looking forward to Christmas, so that Santa can come to her home again this year, and who knows, maybe meet him.
But some of Renee’s friends told her that Santa doesn’t exist. Her mother, Michele, told her that yes, Santa exists. She told Renee of Virginia, a little girl like her, who in 1897 was told the same.
Virginia wrote a letter to the editor of the then New York’s The Sun - the following letter:
‘‘Dear Editor, I am eight years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says if you see it in The Sun, it is so. Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?’’ — Virginia O’Hanlon.
Renee listened attentively and decided she would write a letter to The Ensign.
Also in the news in 1992:
●Mobile libraries are saved — again
●Hospital shocked by decision to close ward
●Christmas a merry time at CWA
●Police investigate chemical spill
●War of words breaks out between Winton and council