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Dear Editor:

I am eight years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in ‘The Sun’ it’s so.” Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O’Hanlon

“Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” is an iconic line from an editorial by Francis Church. Written in response to Virginia’s letter, it was first published in The Sun in New York on Sept. 21, 1897. The most reprinted editorial in the English language, Church’s letter to Virginia has been translated into 20 languages.

This Christmas Eve, I’m asking my readers to trust me. If you read it in my column, it must be so … right?

I’m letting you in on a big secret. Santa is a gardener and he lives in North Pole, Alaska.

I interviewed him for this story.

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