Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Dear Editor:

I am 8 years old...tell me the truth;
is there a Santa Claus?

—­Virginia O’Hanlon,
115 West Ninety-Fifth Street,
New York City

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.

Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus...
There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence...No Santa Claus! Thank God, he lives, and he lives forever....

—­Francis P. Church,
New York Sun,
Sept. 21, 1897

Excerpted from one of the most reprinted
newspaper editorials in history.

To hear a 1963 radio interview
with the real "Virginia"
66 years after she wrote
the above letter,

Even Norad
Tracks Santa!
Click here

Merry Christmas,

~ Cleo Coyle

author of The Coffeehouse Mysteries


  1. Merry Christmas

    and all the season's best to you and your family...

  2. Merry Christmas, everyone! Cleo, I love the "Yes, Virginia" editorial. Thanks for the reprint! I'll check out the interview...I've never heard it! Have a wonderful Christmas...


  3. Merry Christmas Everyone and a big Thank You to the Mystery Lovers Kitchen gals for providing us with such a great place to share our love of good mysteries and good food!

  4. Merry Christmas everyone!! Love this, Cleo. I knew you'd have some wonderful way to celebrate the day on our blog!

    May you all be filled with joy!


  5. Merry Christmas to all of the fabulous ladies of Mystery Lovers' Kitchen!!