In the spirit of the holidays, knowing many readers have faced difficult times during the past year, we reprint “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” to spread Christmas cheer.
Eight-year-old Virginia Hanlon penned the original letter, and it appeared in the New York Sun in 1897.
Veteran newspaperman Francis Pharcellus Church wrote the response. Since it’s creation some 111 years ago, the piece has become history’s most reprinted editorial.
“Dear Editor: I am 8 years old.