Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus



Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus In , A Young Girl Wrote To The New York Sun Asking Whether Santa Claus Truly Existed The Paper S Response, Written By Reporter Francis P Church, Has Become A Beloved Holiday Literary Tradition An Original Approach To A Children S Classic, This Captivating Book Creatively Reinterprets That Heartwarming Letter About The Truth Behind Santa Claus And Christmas It Is Accompanied By Charming Victorian Artwork Joel Spector Is An Artist And Illustrator Known For His Elegant Pastel Images His Work Appears Regularly In Magazines And Newspapers Including Business Week, Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, And The New York Times

10 thoughts on “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

  1. says:

    Now THIS is how you respond when your kids ask you about Santa and you do not want to have to make them cynical ass holes just yet This op ed article responding to a young girls letter concerning Santa Claus was written by Frank Church, a war correspondent of the American Civil War He had seen some of the worst of humanity of his generation and now he has to look within himself and give not just a response about an old man in a red suit, but a reason for simply believing at all This book is a Now THIS is how you respond when your kids ask you about Santa and you do not want to have to make them cynical ass holes just yet This op ed article responding to a young girls letter concerning Santa Claus was written by Frank Church, a war correspondent of the American Civil War He had seen some of the worst of humanity of his generation and now he has to look within himself and give not just a response about an old man in a red suit, but a reason for simply believing at all This book is as much about philosophy and the idea of believing as it is about Christmas and Church for Virginia s sake is vey much on the side of radical idealism I had always heard of this article, but never read it until much later in life It has not been able to convince me to start making new petitions to the North Pole, but I cannot fault Church s motives and I cannot deny that it is simply a well written response to a child It does not insult her, but it does not talk down to her This is the way we should write or talk to children when they come to us for advice or with problems

  2. says:

    all my life i have heard of this movie but i never knew what it was about or that it was based on a real letter sent in to the new york sun in 1897 by a young girl wondering if there really was a santa claus.i never read the book as a kid either we owned the vhs tape but it just sat collecting dust in the video cabinet now i can finally say i read the book and know a littleabout the background of the famous expression, Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus i really loved the fact t all my life i have heard of this movie but i never knew what it was about or that it was based on a real letter sent in to the new york sun in 1897 by a young girl wondering if there really was a santa claus.i never read the book as a kid either we owned the vhs tape but it just sat collecting dust in the video cabinet now i can finally say i read the book and know a littleabout the background of the famous expression, Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus i really loved the fact that francis p church took the time to write back to virginia especially to print the letter in the paper so that other skeptical children could read it too and rekindle their belief so sweet mr church s response didn t blow me away or make me cry or anything, which is why i didn t rate this book higher than 3 stars but i overall liked it i think his intent impressed methan his writing i wished the response was longer however, this line really stuck out to methe 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.

  3. says:

    My Christmas book for today Lovely message and wonderful illustrations.

  4. says:

    I believe

  5. says:

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus is a phrase from an editorial calledIs There a Santa ClausThe editorial appeared in the September 21, 1897, edition of The New York Sun and has since become part of popular Christmas folklore in the United States It is the most reprinted newspaper editorial in the English language.Virginia O Hanlon, who lived with her parents in Manhattan, sent a letter to The New York Sun asking the followPlease tell me the truth, is there a Santa ClausSun edi Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus is a phrase from an editorial calledIs There a Santa ClausThe editorial appeared in the September 21, 1897, edition of The New York Sun and has since become part of popular Christmas folklore in the United States It is the most reprinted newspaper editorial in the English language.Virginia O Hanlon, who lived with her parents in Manhattan, sent a letter to The New York Sun asking the followPlease tell me the truth, is there a Santa ClausSun editorial writer Francis Pharcellus Church gave her an amazingly beautifully response, which is the title of the book Church s response was so beautifully and wonderfully written that it still resonatethan a century later and I suspect that it will still resonate a thousand years, nay, ten times ten thousand years to come.Joel Spector illustrated this particular edition His illustrations were phenomenally rendered and reminiscent of pastels and has an air of the time The illustrations brought to life the words of penned by young Virginia O Hanlon and Francis Pharcellus Church extremely well.All in all, Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus is a wonderful classical story based on real life events that has endured for over a century and hopefully would continue to do

  6. says:

    I didn t actually read this book, I read only the original editorial, available here I wish I had this book to see the illustrations, which everyone says are so wonderful Unfortunately, I only read the editorial However, it s such a cute editorial and it s EXACTLY how you should respond to kids when they ask you the question, Is Santa Claus real It s a super adorable, quick read if you need something to read to kids well, I don t have any, but I m just guessing The writing is nothing wi I didn t actually read this book, I read only the original editorial, available here I wish I had this book to see the illustrations, which everyone says are so wonderful Unfortunately, I only read the editorial However, it s such a cute editorial and it s EXACTLY how you should respond to kids when they ask you the question, Is Santa Claus real It s a super adorable, quick read if you need something to read to kids well, I don t have any, but I m just guessing The writing is nothing wildly spectacular, being that Church wasof a war journalist than a fiction writer, but it still has its really great moments QuotesYes, 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 Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world

  7. says:

    This book inspires the same feeling that the original Miracle on 34th Street does within me I also watch that film every year It speaks of a desire to view the world through a lense of hope and joy, and considering that this came after the Civil War, and Miracle on 34th Street just after WWII, I think it is very poignant that there was such an intense desire to preserve the magical things that bring joy and childlike wonder to the world I feel like perhaps that is why I am so prone to feelin This book inspires the same feeling that the original Miracle on 34th Street does within me I also watch that film every year It speaks of a desire to view the world through a lense of hope and joy, and considering that this came after the Civil War, and Miracle on 34th Street just after WWII, I think it is very poignant that there was such an intense desire to preserve the magical things that bring joy and childlike wonder to the world I feel like perhaps that is why I am so prone to feeling deeply nostalgic about it now the world feels as though it is teetering on a precipice, and I am trying to reach out during this holiday season and hold onto faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, and wonder because, after all, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding

  8. says:

    Written as a response to an eight year old girl s question Is there a Santa Claus , this is a beautifully crafted article by veteran newsman Francis Church 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.

  9. says:

    A delightful, though sometimes quirky, translation of a classic of the Christian Christmas holiday I rather wish I had read this when I used to teach a class on Mythology the important distinction between truth and fact is on display

  10. says:

    This classic story began as a letter first printed in The Sun newspaper on September 21, 1897 A little girl by the name of Virginia writes to the newspaper to ask if there really is a Santa Claus, and her letter is published with a reply that has become part of Christmas tradition for many.

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