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-->-- '''''The New York Sun''''', 1897

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In American media, expect a reference to the StockPhrase "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus," from an 1897 editorial in the ''New York Sun'' that told a little girl Santa Claus is real in our hearts and minds.

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In American media, expect a reference to the StockPhrase "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus," from an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes,_Virginia,_there_is_a_Santa_Claus 1897 editorial editorial]] in the ''New ''The New York Sun'' that told a little girl Santa Claus is real in our hearts and minds.


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* ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain'': In the comic's [[https://www.sleeplessdomain.com/comic/interstitial-crimmus-12 Crimmus interstitial]], Anemone explains the city's winter holiday of [[YouMeanXmas Crimmus]]. She emphasizes that their Santa Claus figure, a MagicalGirl named Holly Jolly, doesn't really exist, and the presents come from friends and family. She goes on to mention that that's why she never gets Crimmus presents... and in the next panel, finds a single present under her Crimmus bush.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', "Yes Mikey, Santa Claus Does Shave" - Mikey is the only one of the gang who still believes in Santa. He eventually loses hope until an elderly man tells him to believe with his heart. In the end he and his friends see Santa flying, leading Mikey to believe he spoke to the ''real'' Santa (who shaved).
* [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin-Bass]]'s ''WesternAnimation/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas'', where the non-believer is told with a straight face that his disbelief ruined an entire town's Christmas. The reason? Santa is real, easily offended, and will skip entire towns over one moment of skepticism.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': "Yes Mikey, Santa Claus Does Shave" - Mikey is the only one of the gang who still believes in Santa. He eventually loses hope until an elderly man tells him to believe with his heart. In the end he and his friends see Santa flying, leading Mikey to believe he spoke to the ''real'' Santa (who shaved).
* [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin-Bass]]'s Rankin-Bass]]' ''WesternAnimation/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas'', where the non-believer is told with a straight face that his disbelief ruined an entire town's Christmas. The reason? Santa is real, easily offended, and will skip entire towns over one moment of skepticism.


* [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin-Bass]]'s '''WesternAnimation/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas,'' where the non-believer is told with a straight face that his disbelief ruined an entire town's Christmas. The reason? Santa is real, easily offended, and will skip entire towns over one moment of skepticism.

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* [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin-Bass]]'s '''WesternAnimation/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas,'' ''WesternAnimation/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas'', where the non-believer is told with a straight face that his disbelief ruined an entire town's Christmas. The reason? Santa is real, easily offended, and will skip entire towns over one moment of skepticism.


* ''WesternAnimation/ClassOf3000'' Kam argues that Santa simply cannot exist, but it turns out he does! And he gives Kam a lifetime membership to the Bigfoot Watchers Society.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ClassOf3000'' ''WesternAnimation/ClassOf3000'': Kam argues that Santa simply cannot exist, but it turns out he does! And he gives Kam a lifetime membership to the Bigfoot Watchers Society.


* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had Dexter claim that Santa and his reindeer were his parents in disguise. He retains this opinion throughout the entire episode, even after we see that Santa doesn't have the same body dimensions as his dad and he mistakes an ''[[IdiotBall actual reindeer]]'' for his mother. This results in him shooting Santa's sleigh down, blowing up probably all of the presents that Santa Claus was carrying that night. In short, he ruined Christmas [[DownerEnding for the ''whole world'']].

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had Dexter claim that Santa and his reindeer were his parents in disguise. He retains this opinion throughout the entire episode, even after we see that Santa doesn't have the same body dimensions as his dad and he mistakes an ''[[IdiotBall actual reindeer]]'' for his mother. This results in him shooting Santa's sleigh down, blowing up probably all of the presents that Santa Claus was carrying that night. In short, he ruined Christmas [[DownerEnding for the ''whole world'']].the]] ''[[DownerEnding whole world]]''.



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* The ''Blog/RenegadeRhetoric'' post where Cy-Kill described the events of the fictional ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGobots'' ChristmasEpisode "And to All a Good Knight" had the Renegade leader dismiss Santa Claus as a fairy tale, but at the end of the story returns to his Thruster to find his lackey Cop-Tur receiving a present as a reward for his good behavior of letting the Guardians Scooter and Good Knight go and a lump of coal for himself.

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* Inverted in ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', where Kate tells Billy the story of how her father died. He dressed up as Santa on Christmas Eve and tried to come down the chimney in order to surprise his family, only to slip and break his neck.
-->'''Kate:''' And that's how I found out there was no Santa Claus.


-> 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.

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-> Yes, ''"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."''



Compare RealAfterAll, HowCanSantaDeliverAllThoseToys. Compare and contrast SantaAmbiguity, where it stays ambiguous through the whole work.

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Can overlap with StillBelievesInSanta if Santa's true believer is someone well past the age of childhood. Compare RealAfterAll, HowCanSantaDeliverAllThoseToys. Compare and contrast SantaAmbiguity, where it stays ambiguous through the whole work.


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-->Rose: "Look at you, dancing around like you're Father Christmas!"
-->Doctor: "Who says I'm not - red bicycle when you were twelve."
* An early episode of ''Series/HomeImprovement'' has Mark questioning his belief in Santa after Randy and Brad cruelly tell him that Santa died right before he was born. The end of the episode has Santa showing up at the Taylor house to bestow early presents on everyone and restore Mark's faith. After Kris Kringle leaves Tim comments on what a great guy their neighbor Wilson is to do something like that...only for Jill to point out said next-door neighbor standing at the fence waving to the family. Scene cut then to Mark standing at the front door and looking up at the sky in wonder.

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* An early episode of ''Series/HomeImprovement'' has Mark questioning his belief in Santa after Randy and Brad cruelly tell him that Santa died right before he was born. The end of the episode has Santa showing up at the Taylor house to bestow early presents on everyone and restore Mark's faith. After Kris Kringle leaves Tim comments on what a great guy their neighbor Wilson is to do something like that... only for Jill to point out said next-door neighbor standing at the fence waving to the family. Scene cut cuts then to Mark standing at the front door and looking up at the sky in wonder.



* ''Series/PunkyBrewster'': The two-parter "Yes, Punky, there is a Santa Claus" is kick-started by an older kid telling Punky that Santa doesn't exist. Henry convinces Punky that he exists, which leads her to believe that he will bring back her MissingMom for Christmas... which sends Henry in an impossible chase to find her. Eventually, he settles for a music box from TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday that... turns out to have been owned by Punky's mother. Only after she recognizes the box, does Henry realize that the old, bearded owner of the shop who gave him the box [[INeverToldYouMyName knew Henry's name]] without him saying it first.

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* ''Series/PunkyBrewster'': The two-parter "Yes, Punky, there is a Santa Claus" is kick-started kickstarted by an older kid telling Punky that Santa doesn't exist. Henry convinces Punky that he exists, which leads her to believe that he will bring back her MissingMom for Christmas... which sends Henry in an impossible chase to find her. Eventually, he settles for a music box from TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday that... turns out to have been owned by Punky's mother. Only after she recognizes the box, box does Henry realize that the old, bearded owner of the shop who gave him the box [[INeverToldYouMyName knew Henry's name]] without him saying it first.



* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', during the first trip to [[WesternAnimation/{{TheNightmareBeforeChristmas}} Halloween Town]], Sora and co. actually get to meet Santa Claus and become his bodyguards, with Sora being a bit too excited about it. Though when they finally meet the jolly old man, Sora is revealed to be on the naughty list because [[spoiler: he stopped believing seven years prior to the events of the game after being told by Riku that Santa does not exist]]. This reveal causing the teenager to moan in embarrassment.

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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', during the first trip to [[WesternAnimation/{{TheNightmareBeforeChristmas}} Halloween Town]], Sora and co. actually get to meet Santa Claus and become his bodyguards, with Sora being a bit too excited about it. Though But when they finally meet the jolly old man, Sora is revealed to be on the naughty list because [[spoiler: he stopped believing seven years prior to the events of the game after being told by Riku that Santa does not exist]]. This reveal causing causes the teenager to moan in embarrassment.



* The ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' Christmas episode has Jimmy trying to convince his friends that Santa isn't real, going so far as to take a trip to the North Pole... where even after arriving at Santa's workshop, [[SkepticismFailure he's convinced it's somehow all fake]]. After accidentally zapping Santa and being told Christmas has to be called off, he offers to deliver all the toys from his rocket, claiming that if a mere mortal can succeed in delivering all the toys in one night, [[LogicalFallacies it's proof that Santa doesn't exist]]. Naturally, he fails, and Santa, who [[UnexplainedRecovery has gotten better]], steps in at the last moment to finish the job.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' Christmas episode has Jimmy trying to convince his friends that Santa isn't real, going so far as to take a trip to the North Pole... where where, even after arriving at Santa's workshop, [[SkepticismFailure he's convinced it's somehow all fake]]. After accidentally zapping Santa and being told Christmas has to be called off, he offers to deliver all the toys from his rocket, claiming that if a mere mortal can succeed in delivering all the toys in one night, [[LogicalFallacies it's proof that Santa doesn't exist]]. Naturally, he fails, and Santa, who [[UnexplainedRecovery has gotten better]], steps in at the last moment to finish the job.



* [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin-Bass]]' '''WesternAnimation/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas,'' where the non-believer is told with a straight face that his disbelief ruined an entire town's Christmas. The reason? Santa is real, easily offended, and will skip entire towns over one moment of skepticism.

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* [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin-Bass]]' Rankin-Bass]]'s '''WesternAnimation/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas,'' where the non-believer is told with a straight face that his disbelief ruined an entire town's Christmas. The reason? Santa is real, easily offended, and will skip entire towns over one moment of skepticism.

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-> 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.
--> '''The New York Sun, 1897'''


Alice is a young, bright-eyed, hopeful girl, but one who has her doubts about the validity of this whole "SantaClaus" thing. Bob, who may be her father, or an older brother, or a mentor of some sort, dismisses such thoughts by assuring Alice that yes, Santa ''is'' real. The kicker, however, is that Bob is making stuff up and is probably just trying to get Alice to go to sleep. He doesn't actually believe in Santa! He won't actually come out and say this though...

...Until the ''real'' Santa comes around and gives Bob the shock of a lifetime by proving that yes, he ''is'' real after all!

The Santa's Existence Clause is pretty much the story outlined above: One (or more) character who doesn't believe in Santa trying to convince another of Santa's existence, and it turns out that they were right! A lot of times, Santa won't actually [[IncrediblyLamePun present]] himself to Bob, but only to the viewer. Just try not to melt the snow in the process.

All in all, this is basically an amalgam of several smaller tropes all being played straight just to subvert each other. Many stories like to see-saw, subverting and inverting the idea that Santa is real over and over again until the very last page.

Many of these stories start on the cynical side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism, but end up on the ideal side (due to Bob's lack of belief in Santa being proven wrong)

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Alice is a young, bright-eyed, hopeful girl, but A stock Christmas plot. At least one who has her doubts about the validity of this whole "SantaClaus" thing. Bob, who may be her father, or an older brother, or a mentor of some sort, dismisses such thoughts by assuring Alice that yes, Santa ''is'' real. The kicker, however, is that Bob is making stuff up and is probably just trying to get Alice to go to sleep. He doesn't actually believe in Santa! He won't actually come out and say this though...

...Until the ''real'' Santa comes around and gives Bob the shock of a lifetime by proving that yes, he ''is'' real after all!

The Santa's Existence Clause is pretty much the story outlined above: One (or more)
character who doesn't believe (typically a child or very naive/innocent person) strongly believes in SantaClaus. Another character will disagree with them and try to prove to them otherwise, but by the end of the work Santa trying to convince another of Santa's existence, and it turns out that they were right! A lot of times, Santa won't actually [[IncrediblyLamePun to be RealAfterAll. He may or may not [[{{Pun}} present]] himself to Bob, the characters, but only to the viewer.audience will definitely know. Just try not to melt the snow in the process.

All in all, this is basically an amalgam of several smaller tropes all being played straight just to subvert each other. Many stories like to see-saw, subverting and inverting the idea that Santa is real over and over again until the very last page.

Many of these stories start on the cynical side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism, but end up on the ideal side (due to Bob's the lack of belief in Santa being proven wrong)
wrong).

In American media, expect a reference to the StockPhrase "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus," from an 1897 editorial in the ''New York Sun'' that told a little girl Santa Claus is real in our hearts and minds.



This sort of plot tends to have a bit of FridgeLogic in that Santa turns out to actually be real, which makes it strange that these adults are disbelieving (or actively denying) his existence. Didn't they notice the millions of toys showing up every year that nobody seems to have purchased? If they grew up in a world where toys magically appear every Christmas Eve, how did they come to collectively reject the existence of the delivery man?
Often the answer is another FridgeLogic in that it ''doesn't seem to happen''; even though Santa is apparently making deliveries all over the world, ''no one ever gets any extras'' unless it's a plot point! Likewise, if the series has already firmly established that magic and the supernatural exist, there can be a heavy amount of ArbitrarySkepticism involved. Compare and contrast SantaAmbiguity, where it remains unknown.

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This sort of plot tends to have a bit of FridgeLogic in that Santa turns out to actually be real, which makes it strange that these adults are disbelieving (or actively denying) his existence. Didn't they notice the millions of toys showing up every year that nobody seems to have purchased? If they grew up in a world where toys magically appear every Christmas Eve, how did they come to collectively reject the existence of the delivery man?
Often the answer is another FridgeLogic in that it ''doesn't seem to happen''; even though Santa is apparently making deliveries all over the world, ''no one ever gets any extras'' unless it's a plot point! Likewise, if the series has already firmly established that magic and the supernatural exist, there can be a heavy amount of ArbitrarySkepticism involved.
Compare RealAfterAll, HowCanSantaDeliverAllThoseToys. Compare and contrast SantaAmbiguity, where it remains unknown.stays ambiguous through the whole work.

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