“If you see it in The Sun, then it is so…”
I had never heard of The Sun, or Virginia for that matter, until entering a Macy’s department store with my Princesses P during the holidays.
There, right in front of us as we walked in, was a very inviting set-up to write a letter to Santa. Little did I know, this was a huge piece of American Christmas Folklore dating back to the 1800’s.
My girls wrote their letters to Santa, one with her left hand and one with her right. Then they each dropped their letters in the magical red post box to be sent to the North Pole.
Magic, belief, family and love; that is what really sums up the feeling that makes Christmas real for me. An eight year old girl, Virginia O’Hanlon needed some reassurance during the Christmas of 1897, just as we all do sometimes.
“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus…”
Here you can see the very interesting look at the editorial featured in the New York newspaper, The Sun in 1897.
You can get the touching story on DVD and/or book to share with your family. My Princesses love both the movie and book; in fact, Princess Sweetie Pie named one of her dolls Virginia, after this story.
Belief is powerful. I hope you are feeling the magic this holiday season and each to come!