You may 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, fancy, 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.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! ... The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. ... Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
(These are excerpts from Frank Church's response to eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon's letter to the New York Sun in 1897, asking him, "Is there a Santa Claus?" For the full text see here.)