Soviet threat to Santa? No way, said JFK in 1961

BOSTON (AP) _ Nothing has stopped Santa Claus from making his rounds _ apparently not even the threat of global thermonuclear conflict.

In the spirit of the season, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has re-released a letter that JFK wrote to a little girl in 1961 reassuring her that tensions with Russia wouldn’t thwart Santa.

Eight-year-old Michelle Rochon had sent the president a note worried about possible Soviet nuclear tests at the North Pole.

JFK responded that he shared the girl’s concerns. But he added: “You must not worry about Santa Claus. I talked with him yesterday and he is fine. He will be making his rounds again this Christmas.”

The Boston-based presidential library reissued the text of the letter Friday via YouTube: .