The poem ?A Visit From Saint Nicholas? begins, ??Twas the night before Christmas, and all thro? the house / Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse?? In the early 1860s, cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa as a round, bearded man in a red suit, an image that stuck? An 1897 editorial by Frank P. Church in the New York Sun coined the famous phrase ?Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.? Church was replying to a letter from a young reader, Virginia O?Hanlon, who asked if Santa Claus really existed? According to the Encarta encyclopedia, the nickname Kris Kringle evolved from the German words for Christ child, Christkindl? Santa Claus is married in most versions of the myth; his wife is typically known simply as Mrs. Claus.
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