It's been 112 years since 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon of West 95th Street asked if there was a Santa Claus. An open letter back to the girl ended with: "No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood."
Have the city Santas become somewhat of a sad lot though? It used to be that Kris Kringles attended a Santa Claus Convention and Training Course at Waldorf Astoria, but now we just get thousands of drunk Santas terrifying children and (more importantly) overcrowding bars once a year—the NYC event is this Saturday!
If you see a Santa around town ('tis the season), send us a photo and we'll compare 2009's Old Saint Nicks to those of yesteryear.