Speed Reads


Read JFK's letter reassuring a little girl that Santa is safe from nuclear bombs

Michelle Rochon can still remember worrying about Santa Claus' safety when she was 8 years old, during the height of the Cold War in 1961. "I knew nuclear bombs were bad," she recalled to CBC News. "And if [the Russians] were testing them at the North Pole, what was Santa going to do?"

There was one man who she thought could answer her concerns — President John F. Kennedy.

"Dear Mr. Kennedy," she wrote in a letter with her mother's help. "Please stop the Russians from bombing the North Pole because they will kill Santa Claus. I am 8 years old. I am in the third grade at Holy Cross School. Yours truly, Michelle Rochon."

A few weeks later, she got her reply. Read the president's adorable reassurance below, and Rochon's full story at CBC News. Jeva Lange