On this day…

On this day in 1897, The Sun in New York published its "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" editorial in response to a letter
from eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who was troubled by friends’
claims that St. Nick didn’t exist. Francis Pharcellus Church‘s reply
read, in part, "Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no
Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There
would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make
tolerable this existence
." (www.newseum.org/yesvirginia)

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