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Published November 22nd 2012
"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

A classic bit of Christmas history is the well know 1897 editorial from the New York newspaper The Sun where an eight-year-old girl asks if there really is a Santa Claus.

Is there really a Santa Claus?

According to Wikipedia, more than a century later this editorial and it's moving response is one of the most reprinted editorials ever to run in any newspaper in the English language.

My son is almost the same age as young Virginia O'Hanlon was when she asked the question. And as if on a pre-determined schedule, this year he began to question the existence of ole St Nick.

Is there really a Santa Claus?

For me, Santa Claus and all that he represents (in a non-commerical sense) is part of the magic of childhood. Sometimes we as parents a part of the magic trick and sometimes we are awestruck observers.

I re-read the 1897 editorial and was struck by how the words and sentiments have stood the test of time.

But in our modern world of tech savvy and over commercialised kids- is there really Santa Claus?

Somebody better eat these cookies!
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Yes there is a Santa! My son is just over 2 and starting to get the concept. I'm really excited about Christmas this year as I know his eyes are going to light up when he sees the train that Santa has brought
by Oxford Explorer (score: 2|655) 2150 days ago
I think it is getting more difficult to convince kids that there is a Santa, but I don't think that is a bad thing. I think it is wrong to pretend and lie about his existence, because it can upset them when they find out the truth.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12050) 2147 days ago

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