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Updated: 12/26/2013 08:00:02AM

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

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Newseum, a news-based interactive museum in Washington, D.C., has posted on its website what is perhaps the most famous Santa-based editorial in the history of newspapers.

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

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