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Is there a Santa Claus?

Editor’s note: The following editorial, written by Francis Pharcellus Church, was published by The New York Sun in 1897. While it was written more than 100 years ago, we believe its message about believing in things you cannot see is as poignant today as it was in 1897, so we are reprinting the holiday classic. Merry Christmas.

Dear Editor: I am 8 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?