That Time a Girl Wrote to JFK Asking If The Soviets Were Going to Nuke Santa Claus

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In 1961 an eight-year-old girl from Marine City, Michigan wrote to President Kennedy. She wanted to know if the Russians were going to bomb the North Pole. JFK responded with the letter below, assuring her that Santa would be just fine.

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Young Michelle Rochon of Michigan had nothing to worry about when it came to Santa’s safety. Because the president had “just talked with him yesterday.” Santa Claus, being a badass who presumably didn’t give Christmas toys to those godless commie kids in Siberia, could clearly take care of himself.

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As for the American people? Well, that’s what duck and cover drills and those dog tags were for.

Top image via a 1970s NORAD TV commercial; Letter via the John F. Kennedy Library

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Fun Fact: since 1955 the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has tracked Santa’s flight from the North Pole. Designed to track Soviet bombers, it turns out their radars can ping Santa’s sleigh just fine. They’re still doing it every Christmas.

http://www.noradsanta.org/