I still believe in Santa.
In the Magic, the beauty, the meaning, the giving, the feeling that surrounds this time of year.
Whether you believe and share the Magic of the Man; Santa, Father Christmas, Pierre Noel, or simply share and believe in the magic, the giving, the sharing, the generosity of the season…
It works for me.
I choose to share Santa with my children, to watch the wonder, the magic, the beauty of wishing and believing. I think all children should have magic in their lives, real or imagined.
I can remember as a child being fascinated with the Macy’s Day Parade and then later, as an adult, being charmed by the story of Virginia and her letter.
It is this paragraph, in particular that strikes a chord deep within my soul:
Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
I fully believe in magic and fairytales (hello.. my blog name) and the beauty and power of people at their best.
So, when I was contacted by someone about the Believe campaign. I signed right up. I get nothing out of this. NO payment. NO compensation. NOTHING. If you’re looking at it FTC wise.
However, I get the joy, the pleasure, the satisfaction of knowing that I’ve shared with y’all something that I believe strongly in.
Magic, beauty and faith. The power of childhood innocence and the ability to believe in fairytales unconditionally, to believe that there is magic in our world.
December 11th is National Believe Day: (from their website)
National Believe Day: December 11th: “Yes, Virginia” Animated Special – On Friday, December 11th, Macy’s will celebrate the first National Believe Day to recognize and reward acts of kindness and generosity from coast to coast. Also that day, CBS will premiere a new original animated special called, “Yes, Virginia.” on Friday, December 11, at 8 p.m. ET.
My favorite part of this whole campaign.. Every single Macy’s in the country has a Santa Mailbox. For every single letter. EVERY SINGLE LETTER. that is placed in a Santa mailbox in a Macy’s store… they will donate $1 ONE DOLLAR to the Make A Wish Foundation, up to ONE MILLION DOLLARS!
I’m taking my kids and their letters to Macy’s.
Shoot.. I’m taking mine and Nate’s letters to Santa up to Macy’s.
I hope that you’ll join me. I hope that you’ll give a little magic this year.
Like I said.. I get nothing for doing this, for writing this post. But, you do. Macy’s has given me TWO $25 gift cards to Macy’s for my readers.
to be entered to win one.
Just tell me what you believe in and how you’ll share some magic with others this Christmas (or, if you don’t do Santa/Christmas.. tell me how you give back to others)
Each comment is an entry.
One entry for the original comment.
One bonus entry if you tweet this giveaway and leave the tweet URL in the comments.
An additional 5 bonus entries if you take your letters to Macy’s and take a picture of y’all putting them in there and post your picture and link to it (twitter, flickr, photobucket. email me.. whatever)
This runs from Dec 8th to Friday, December 11th, 2009 at 11PM CST.
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