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In 1897, Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to a newspaper asking whether Santa Claus existed, to which she received the iconic response, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."
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O'Hanlon's grandson, James Temple, told The New York Sun in 2004 that his grandmother didn't think that she'd done anything special. He said that O'Hanlon told him, "All I did was ask the question ... Mr. Church's editorial was so beautiful ...It was Mr. Church who did something wonderful."
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