“Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.”


Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! A wonderful #holiday post by @SharonWray on the Word by Word #blog.

Word by Word

Many years ago, I worked as an archivist for the Newspaper Association of America. Basically, it’s the national association for all newspaper publishers/owners. One of the great things about working at NAA’s library was the fabulous special collection of original newspapers and other documents that dated back to the 18th century and were once personally owned by publishers like Joseph Pulitzer.

But this time a year, our reference desk was inundated with information about one of the most famous editorial letters ever written–the response to an eight year old girl’s question about whether or not Santa Claus exists. Our special collection had one the last remaining original copies of this letter which ran in the New York’s Sun newspaper, and every year we sent out copies to whoever requested one.

The letter, reprinted below (it’s now in the public domain) was published on September 21, 1897 by veteran newsman Francis…

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4 thoughts on ““Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.”

  1. That is worth the read.

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    1. I’d heard the phrase before, of course, but never the whole story.

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  2. Cute story! Merry Christmas!! Peace, love, blessings and joy be yours to give and to receive!! Big hugs to you Jacquie! 🍂🍮🍂🌺XOXO

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    1. Thanks for the warm wishes, my friend. Praying a better year for all of us is on the way ❤️

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