“Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus:”
Special Church Edition
Original article by Virginia O’Hanlon and Frank Church
Notes and Four Reflections on Faith by Stephen Skelton
The True Story of a Little Girl named Virginia,
a Religion Writer named Church
and a Remarkable Parable about Faith in God
Virginia O’Hanlon was a little girl with a big question about Santa Claus. Frank Church was a newspaper religion writer who provided answers about the Christian faith. When her letter came across his desk, at first Church refused—until he realized he could offer more than just an answer to her question. He could answer the question behind her question. Not just “is there a Santa Claus?” But also “is there a reason to believe?”
Together, these two created a message that would go on to touch the hearts of billions. As Christmas after Christmas, their editorial was translated into over 20 different languages and republished in countless newspapers, magazines and books, readers around the world hungered for its affirming words, many never realizing its hidden meaning. The secret of “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” is that it isn’t written to just “Virginia,” but to every man, woman and child; and it isn’t about “Santa Claus,” it’s about God.
Celebrate this Christmas with “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” Special Church Edition—and discover how the most reprinted article in history is actually an extraordinary parable on the Christian faith.
With an additional section which uses the article to illustrate four reflections on Faith, this 48-page book is an ideal gift to give your members and visitors this Christmas.