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Friday, December 16, 2011

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If there’s one thing that my children look forward to this time of year it’s writing letters to Santa!  I love seeing the looks of concentration on their faces as they write their lists methodically, making sure not to leave off a single item, and always being sure to ask about Mrs. Claus and the Elves!  I can’t imagine their letters to Santa not being one of their very favorite Santa memories when they get older. 

When my sister and I were little, we wrote letters to Santa every year, I remember putting so much thought and care into my letter and being so excited for Santa to receive it and hopefully share it with Mrs. Claus and the Elves (and Rudolph too—I loved him).  One of my very favorite Santa memories is of waking up Christmas morning to find a handwritten letter from Santa addressed to me—it still makes me smile thinking about it!  It was those small things that make me realize what an amazing mother I have—I only hope that my children will grow up and think back on those very special moments and think the same thing about me!

Since the holiday season is all about small miracles I am always very quick to stand behind companies who help make Christmas a special for children and those who donate so generously always amaze me—none quite as much as Macy’s!

One of the many reasons why I love Macy’s so much (aside from the obvious) is that for the past four years they have helped raise more than $4 million dollars to the Make-A-Wish Foundation with their Believe campaign!  For every letter to Santa received at the special red letterboxes at Macy’s across the country, Macy’s will donate $1 to The Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant wishes for children. It’s such a simple thing—have your child write a letter to Santa (something that they will undoubtedly do anyway—and take it to the red letterbox at your local Macy’s—and then Macy’s donates $1 for that letter!
As a special treat in stores this year, believers of all ages can take their photos with the characters from the animated holiday classic, “Yes, Virginia.” Visit any Macy’s Believe Station to pose for holiday photos with Virginia and her friends – and don’t miss Macy’s celebrated Santalands to pose with Santa himself!  How very cool is that?

I hope that all of you will have your child(ren) write their letters to Santa and take them to your local Macy’s red letterbox—it’s  a great cause and such an easy way to help spread some holiday cheer!
Now I have an awesome surprise for one Misadventures in Baby Raising reader!  I have a Believe Snowglobe to give away to one very lucky MIBR reader just in time for Christmas!  Details on how to enter are below!  Happy Holidays!  Just a heads up this is a very short giveaway (so that the winner receives the snowglobe before Christmas) so if you enter make sure you can respond within 24 hours of the giveaway ending!
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You can enter below using the Rafflecopter Entry Form!  Good luck!
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Disclosure:  I was not compensated in any way for this post…the company or PR is providing the giveaway item for the winner!  Merry Christmas y’all!

39 comments :

  1. I remember the year money was tight and someone dressed as Santa stopped by with a basket of food and toys for the kids.Thanks!

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  2. when me and my brother was kids my dad had one of his friends stop by every year dressed as santa.it was so awesome.

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  3. My favorite Santa memory is when Santa came to our school and passed out gifts to our entire class. I knew then that he was really real. It got us out of a test! Thank you!

    blueseahorse at ymail dot com

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  4. One year as we were driving around looking at Christmas lights my dad said he saw a "red light" in the sky- Rudolph? Us kids just sat staring at the sky trying to find Santa. When we got home there were hoofprints in the snow and some red fluff from "Santa's suit"!
    trtldolce@yahoo.com

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  5. The best is seeing my grandkids opening their presents from Santa

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  6. When Santa came knocking on our door during dinner.. found out later it was our uncle that dressed up.. we always wondered how he know some of the things he knew about us

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  7. I love the year the neighbor threw rocks on the roof to convince us the reindeer had landed
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  8. Snuggled up reading Twas the night Before Xmas with my parents when we heard Sanata on the roof and all had to go to bed so santa could leave our stockings. it only happened one year and they never told me how but it was so memeorable:)
    trixie420247 at yahoo dot com

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  9. My favorite memory of Santa was putting out cookies and chocolate milk and lying on the couch waiting to catch a glimpse of him.
    But I always fell asleep first.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  10. My favorite memory of santa has to be making sure santa leaves little hints or reminders that he was there every year for my kids :)

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  11. Favorite Santa memory, the year he left me exactly the toy I wanted.

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  12. I remember staying up late waiting on him.
    erma2167@sbcglobal.net

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  13. When I was four I went to see Santa and they took a picture, years later I found out that it was my Dad. When I look at the photo I can see a twinkle in his eyes, just like you would picture with Santa.

    PaintedPony17@yahoo.com

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  14. My boyfriend dressed as Santa last year for a charity event...he was the cutest Santa!
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. One year when I was little, we went over to my aunt's place for Christmas eve. Well, the adults had told the kids that Santa decided to stop by for a quick visit. When we were eating dinner, he came into the dining room with his sack full of toys. I know it was my uncle, but at the time, I was just in awe of the big guy!
    magickalblessings26{at}yahoo.com

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  16. I remember Santa coming tosee us Christmas Eve at my grandparents and I asked him why he had grandpap's shoes on

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  17. Mine favorite memory was the first christmas that my son understood that presents from Santa are fun! He was so excited and the surprise and awe on his face when he opened his gifts was awesome!
    pauline15_01(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. My favorite Santa memory is sleeping in the family station wagon with my older brother on Christmas Eve. We were determined to catch Santa. As soon as we fell asleep our parents carried us up to bed.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  19. When Santa was brought thru the Borough on the firetruck, all the light lite up real bright on him at night
    retirenavals{at}yahoo.com

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  20. My favorite Santa memory is him showing up at my grandparents house every year ;)

    LuckyTammy1971(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Every year Santa would come to my grandparents on Christmas Eve just before we opened presents there to find out what we wanted the next day at home.

    boylaneely at hotmail dot com

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  22. is when i would wake up and the milk and cookies were gone
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Probably forcing myself to go to sleep because I was scared he'd know if I was awake.

    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

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  24. Trying to stay awake so I could peek at him.

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  25. When my littlest saw Santa the first time..we have two pictures. First, the wonder on her face...second, crying. She looks adorable in the picture..she just didn't like him for about 3 years. :)

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  26. It has to be taking my son to visit Santa at the mall for the first time

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  27. never did care for pics with Santa but I still seen him at the mall!
    kendraco22 at yahoo dot com

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  28. My favorite memory is baking cookies and leaving them by the tree for santa!
    cmarquez482(at)ymail(dot)com.

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  29. My favorite Santa memory was when he left a saddle under our Christmas tree.

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  30. I remember when my husband lost his job and we had no money and the salvation army gave my son a pocket radio and he was so happy , I cried because I was happy that we all were together.
    kat_emerick@yahoo.com

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  31. I remember one year I dressed up and played Santa for my nieces. They were excited but scared at the same time.

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  32. My favorite santa memory was going to see santa when I was a kid.

    aussiegirl03 at gmail dot com

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  33. My favorite Santa memory is when I was little and thought I heard his bells on the roof, and then woke up and peaked out of my bedroom door, and "knew" I seen his white beard sticking out from behind the wall where he was hiding from me.

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  34. There was a guy in our neighborhood I used to follow around because I thought he was Santa.

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

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  35. My favorite Santa memory is when Santa was hiding new sleds under our bed and dropped them in the hallway, near the childrens bedrooms, as he was carrying them down the hall to place under the Christmas tree in the living room. At least the children didn't wake up.

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  36. i loved leaving the cookies on the kitchen table for santa

    jim.coyne2@verizon.net

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  37. My favorite memory is when Santa used to leave a present on the tree for me about a week before Christmas but I wasn't allowed to touch it or my mom said he'd take it back. The anticipation was fun.

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