In 1897 eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon of 115 West Ninety-Fifth Street wrote a letter to The New York Sun newspaper. Her question was simple: “Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my 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?”
A simple request from a little girl triggered this memorable reply from Francis Pharcellus Church on behalf of The Sun. It became the most often reprinted of America’s newspaper editorials.
In 2009, besieged by what I saw as ever-growing rampant materialism surrounding the Christmas season, I decided I would reprint the letter and the editorial in a keepsake letterpress pamphlet. This memorable pamphlet has become among the most popular of all the pamphlets I have published. I believe it deserves a continuing place in American life and hope you will find it as inspiring as I have.