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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus


Last updated 12/26/2021 at 11:55am

Just before the turn of the 20th century, 8-year-old Virginia Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897.

Lead Op-Ed writer Francis Pharcellus Church's response has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial. And Viriginia's former home in New York City has a plaque in honor.

We agree with Mr. Church.

The Beacon prints it again for your enjoyment. We wish you a Merry Christmas.

"Dear Editor: I am 8 years old.

"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

"Papa says 'If you see it...

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