Macy’s Believe 2011: Collecting a Million Reasons to Believe {Ends 12/25}

For the past 4 years, I have been honored to be a part of the Macy’s Believe campaign. It’s a project near and dear to my heart because the money goes to the Make A Wish Foundation. I macy's believehave several family members and loved ones that have seen their own dreams come true because of Make a Wish.

The task is simple: Write a letter to Santa and drop it in a mailbox at your local Macy’s store. For every letter sent to Santa, Macy’s will donate $1 to The Make-A-Wish-Foundation – up to 1 million dollars. Over the past 3 years, Macy’s has collected over 4 million letters. {You guys ROCK!}

There are a few special perks available this year as part of the Believe campaign:

  • Macy’s Believe-o-Magic App – For the first time ever, shoppers that mail their letters through the Believe Stations in Macy’s stores will be able to take a photo with the animated stars from the animated holiday special “Yes, Virginia.” Through today’s technology, customers with IOS and select Android smartphones can download the “Macy’s Believe-o-Magic” application which will allow them to unlock the magic to see and interact with Virginia, Ollie, and all their friends. Customers can stop in the frame and take a picture, and that photo can be uploaded into a holiday card template to share by email or Facebook if desired. Customers can also preview the magic at home by downloading the application and printing out the marker. When you point the “Macy’s Believe-o-Magic” camera at the marker, you’ll be able to see an animated Virginia ice skating!
  • National Believe Day – Today, December 9th, Macy’s is celebrating National Believe Day to honor the spirit of the season and inspire kindness and generosity from coast-to-coast. The special day focuses on the season’s message of goodwill and charity toward others.
  • Believer of the Week – Enthusiastic Believe fans will have the chance to be featured in Macy’s Facebook profile photo as the “Believer of the Week.” Just share your photos of your visit to Macy’s Believe center with their Facebook community and help spread the Believe Magic around. The photo that receives the most “likes” will be featured as the Macy’s profile picture for a week.
  • Create Your Letter to Santa Online – You can find a super simple tool to use at After creating your letter, you can decorate it with fun icons. Then, just print out your letter and bring it to any Santa Mailbox at Macy’s Believe Stations. And don’t forget to stop by Santaland inside Macy’s to see the Big Man himself!

The Believe campaign runs now through Dec. 24.

To help encourage my readers to believe, Macy’s has asked me to share my favorite Santa memory.

A few years ago, we were having a really rough year. Jace was only a couple of months old, and we also had Ashley and Zander. We only had enough money to buy the kids their “special” ornament and maybe one other gift. We had decided there would be no “Santa” that year. We just couldn’t do it. Well, a group of very special ladies that I know got together and started sending us packages – all marked from “Santa” with “Do not open until Christmas” on them. I was truly blown away by their kindness and generosity. Then, on Christmas morning, we opened our front door to leave for our Christmas festivities and found garbage bags full of gifts for the kids: coats, mittens, hats, clothing… so many needs fulfilled. There was no name on the card just, “Sorry, Santa couldn’t fit all this down the chimney!” To this day, I have no idea who delivered those gifts to our home. But it is one Santa I will never forget. That Christmas, we barely had a dime to our name, but all of the kids – and my husband and I – were well taken care of. It was truly the best Christmas I have ever had.

Now I want to hear your favorite Santa memory, and so does Macy’s. I’ll give away a $20 Macy’s gift card to one lucky reader so you can do some after Christmas shopping and get something you really wanted. 😉 The giveaway will end at 12:01am on 12/25. To enter, use the Rafflecopter gadget below.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this post is from Macy’s. I am sponsoring the giveaway myself. The Santa story and any opinions expressed are 100% my own. I am not being compensated for this post in any way.


Angie Vinez (2894 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    Isn’t the spirit of Christmas just magical!
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      My favorite memory of Santa was when I finally had my son home. He was born at 28 weeks; and it was his first Christmas. Although, he wasn’t able to leave the house I had a Santa come and visit him what kid either known or not known wouldn’t love to have Santa visit their house while they are awake & they can see him sitting next to the Christmas tree in a rocking chair.
      Oh how I miss those baby days:)
      Thank you for the opportunity;)
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    when I was little my father dressed as Santa for a school event and my brother blurted out that Santa had the same watch as Daddy- lol

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    April Clark Trent says:

    My favorite Santa memory was every year Santa would come visit at the homes in my neighborhood a few weeks before Christmas. We could tell him what we wanted and visit with him. It was so much better than visiting a mall Santa and it was wonderful to open the front door and see Santa in person.

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    Sarah Hull says:

    When I was little, my parents would have us go in another room to go play after dinner. Then, they would sneak the presents under the tree and when they were done, they would jingle some bells outside the window and shout, “Ho, Ho, Ho!”. We would rush into the room and were so amazed…thinking that Santa had magically come 🙂 I remember still loving that they did it…even when I knew it was my dad outside the window jingling bells 😉

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    My favorite was to participate Santa parade with my sisters.

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    My favorite Santa memory happened in 1998. I was a young mother with 3 little girls ages 5-6-9. I just left a very physicaly abusive marriage that year and was struggling working a full time job, part time job and juggling college, while trying to make a better life for me and my girls. Finances were tight. When christmas eve arrived, we celebrated at my parents house as the norm but upon return there was an actual santa sack on my door over flowed with toys, pjs, coats and gifts for the kids as well as me. To this day I have NO IDEA who did that for us and my family denies that any of them did. SANTA INDEED! 🙂

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    My favorite Santa memories are when Santa rides on a fire truck through our housing plan every year on the weekend before Christmas.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    in the little town I grew up in my grandpa played santa and loved it. Those are wonderful memories

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    To be honest, I don’t have one.

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    I remember going to the XMas tree farm to pick out a tree and see Santa & his real live reindeer 🙂

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    We could never sleep knowing that Santa was coming…Cookies/Milk for Santa & Carrots for the reindeer were always left and always eaten 🙂 The Reindeer left us with a surprise very year on the back porch
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    Allison Downes says:

    I remember always never being able to fall asleep and I always listned for the reindeer!

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    Shar Donoho says:

    My favorite Santa memory as a mom was making flour footprints (kids really thought it was snow) across the floor to the Christmas tree. They thought it was so cool that they actually had ‘evidence’ that Santa had indeed brought the presents into our house.

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    favorite santa memory is visiting santa at the mall and taking pics and telling him what I want for christmas
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    Kerrie Mayans says:

    I remember when I was 6 and my sister was 3 she got mad and bit santa’s hand when we were getting our photos taken.

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    Shelly Peterson says:

    as kids Every year my aunt and uncle would dress up as santa and mrs clause and have special gifts to give us

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    My favorite Santa memory is when I was a child Santa would come to the local Dept. Store via Helicopter. I would always ask why in a helicopter and not his sleigh and reindeer. My parents always said he only brought the sleigh and reindeer out Christmas Eve and Day. Great childhood memories. 🙂

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    First time my hubby dressed up as Santa for our babies (emscout9)

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    That would have to be the first time I took my son to sit on Santas lap. Every kid cries right? Well mine cried so hard he threw up on Santa! It was mortifying at the time, but now I look back and laugh! Poor santa!

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    My childhood Santa memory was when I brought my newly adopted kitten my parents had just bought me from the mall’s pet store to sit on Santa’s lap even though he had allergies to cat’s showing that he’s a trooper. Poor Santa couldn’t stop sneezing which kept freaking out my kitty.

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    Laura Jacobson says:

    My favorite memory was when my little brother wanted to put carrots on the roof for Rudolph. My dad tried so hard to talk him out of it as we live where it snows. To no avail…dad agreed to let us throw the carrots up on the roof. In the morning we ran out to see if the carrots where gone..and they were. Thank goodness no emergency room visit for Santa that night. LOL

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    My favorite Santa memory was seeing him at the mall when I was younger and asking for a Cabbage Patch Kid…and he got me one 😉

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    Trisha Burgess says:

    My favorite was when I was little and getting to go to my moms work and seeing santa! I thought since she worked there there would be some kind of extra special treatment and santa would really love me!

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    My fav Santa memory was the Xmas of 1981. I was 8 years old and my cousin Eric who was 7 years old was over watching holiday cartoons on TV with me while the adults of our family were in the living room chatting and eating. All of a sudden we heard jingle bells outside our window. We jumped up and looked outside and saw lights in the sky just knowing it was Rudolph. We ran into the living room and told the adults what happened and they all oo’ed and ah’ed and laughed. I now know it was my dad outside and an airplane in the sky, but nothing can take away that magical feeling in my memory!
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    Still sitting on his lap at 33. lol

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    christina moore says:

    Watching my girls telling Santa what they want for Christmas


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