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With her best friend Ollie in tow, Virginia meets everyone from an overeager librarian to a Scraggly Santa raising money for the poor. Finally her father inspires her to write a letter to the New York Sun newspaper, claiming 'If you see it in the Sun, it's so.'
Based on the true story of the most famous newspaper editorial of all time, Yes, Virginia
is a charming and heartwarming tale about believing in the true spirit of Christmas.
- Voices by Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alfred Molina, and Beatrice Miller (Toy Story 3)
- Bonuses include a behind-the-scene documentary, director commentary, kid cast commentary, and more!
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The author of the letter that inspired the editorial reply was Virginia O'Hanlon's . She was born on July 20, 1889, in Manhattan, New York. Virginia received her Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College in 1910, a Master's degree in education from Columbia University in 1912, and a doctorate from Fordham University. She was a school teacher in the New York City ISD. She started her career as an educator in 1912, became a junior principal in 1935, and retired in 1959. She passed away on on May 13, 1971, in a nursing home in Valatie, New York.
Her story as told in this wonderful family Christmas DVD is a must for every family. I remember being read the book when I was 9 and asked the same question that Virginia did. The story and now the DVD have a special place in my heart and memories.
Parents and grandparents, I highly recommend buying this DVD and making it an annual "must see" Christmas program for your family.
"Yes, 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. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished."
We sat down together and watched it this lazy Sunday afternoon, and we were both captivated by this sweet story with beautiful animation. The story itself runs only about 24 minutes (in full color), but it is full of substance and a riveting plot. Based on a true story that occurred back in 1897, the story is about eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon who is determined to find out if Santa Claus really exists after a snooty rich girl by the name of Charlotte declares there is no such person.
Virginia proceeds to write a letter to the editor of the Sun newspaper based in New York (because as her dear father says, "If you see it in the Sun, it's so." Her letter goes:
"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little 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?
"115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET."
The prompt response by veteran newspaperman Francis Pharcellus Church was printed (unsigned) on Sep 21st., 1897. It has since been reprinted numerous times,appearing in many different languages in many different print forms.
This is truly a heartwarming story, and the link to the full editorial response is [...]
There are bonus features on the DVD:
Kid Cast Commentary
The Making of Yes,Virginia
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've always liked the story, and I think they did a good job and making it a film.Published 7 days ago by The Shadow
This a very good story about giving to others! The meaning of Christmas.Published 7 days ago by Susan Ojeda
I love how it identify no matter how old you are you have to believe in something.Published 11 days ago by Mo
It is an inspirational film about a girl who is against all odds in her belief of Santa claus. Her love and hope allows her to find out a great.Published 11 days ago by jesse esteban