Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

This editorial appeared in the New York Sun in 1897, in answer to a little girl’s question about Santa Claus.

The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

Virginia O’Hanlon
Virginia O’Hanlon

Surprisingly, I’ve talked with many adults over the years who said they’ve never heard of this editorial.

Blasphemy! I consider this to be a classic piece of writing, and I’m proud to share it with you in the spirit of the holiday season.

It is as true today as it was 119 years ago. Here it is:

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

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?

– Virginia O’Hanlon

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