Saturday, December 10, 2016

Words of Old at Christmastime: "Is There a Santa Claus?"

Excerpt from letter to the editor, The New York Sun, 1897:

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."

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Excerpt reprinted from editorial September 21, 1897, The New York Sun.


  1. This is such a famous letter and movies and books have been created from this letter

    1. A favorite story of mine too, but I don't recall ever writing a letter to Santa.

  2. Wonderful letter from the eyes of a child.

    1. I love the innocence of that time and wonder a child has.


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