Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

by Meredith Cooper

In the spirit of the holidays, we are running as our news item for today one of the most famous newspaper editorials about none other than Santa Claus.

In 1897, eight-year-old girl named Virginia O'Hanlon wrote the following letter to the New York's Sun:  

Although the editorial in response to Virginia's letter was unsigned, it was the work of journalist Francis Pharcellus Church and has become one of the most famous tributes to Santa: