Barbara Christian

By now, everyone knows the famous newspaper editorial “Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus,” inspired by skeptical eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who, in a letter to the New York Sun, asked the paper to confirm or deny rumors that he did not exist.

On Sept. 21, 1897, Francis Pharcellus Church, editor of the newspaper, responded in an unsigned piece that made a good case for Santa’s existence, if only in the abstract.

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