In 1897, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, a coroner's assistant in New York, was asked by his eight-year-old daughter, Virginia, whether Santa Claus really existed. Virginia had begun to doubt there was a Santa Claus, because her friends had told her that he didn't exist. Dr. O’Hanlon suggested she write to The Sun, a New York City newspaper, assuring her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." While he may have passed the buck, he gave, Francis Pharcellus Church, one the paper's editors, the opportunity to rise above the simple question, and address the philosophical issues behind it.
Church was a war correspondent during the American Civil War, seeing great suffering and a lack of hope and faith in much of society. Although the paper ran the editorial in the seventh place on the editorial page, its
message was very moving to many people who read it. More than 110 years later it remains the most reprinted editorial ever to run in any newspaper in the English language.
I would like to share that famous letter with you. I hope you find it inspiring and that it brightens your day just a bit.
Download Yes, Viriginia, There is a Santa Claus Letter in PDF format.
Welcome to Snappy Places
You will find information about the West Valley side of the Phoenix Metro area. "Snappy" will also feature attractions and places throughout Arizona.
Arizona is more than the Grand Canyon state, it is a place to embrace and call home. From our famous palm trees to our beautiful pine trees, Arizona's landscape is brimming with nature's grandeur and diversity. Our majestic mountains invite you to climb, our valleys coax you to explore and our plains whisper stories of civilizations past. Saddle up to history-rich towns, breathtaking views and world-class fashion and food.