The boys had a school event this weekened commemorating Virginia O'Hanlon's 1897 letter to the New York Sun asking if there is a Santa Claus. Virginia lived in the brownstone on West 95th Street that is now the boys' school.
Samuel was chosen to read a letter he wrote to Virginia.
Ethan says he was NOT satisfied by the New York Sun's poignant but obtuse response ("Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies!").
"That would make me believe LESS in Santa Claus," says Ethan. "It reminds me of what my teacher always says when I ask him a question: 'What do YOU think?' That's what he says instead of just answering the question."