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Sun Editorial: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
December 21, 2017


More than 110 years ago, another "Sun," The New York Sun, received a letter from eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon. She was distressed because she had heard there was no Santa Claus. What followed may have been the best editorial in American newspaper history, a rare moment of journalism risen to philosophy. It's certainly the most famous editorial. What follows is Virginia's letter and the editor's response, originally published in 1897. The New York Sun reprinted it annually until 1949, when the paper ceased publication.

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