Every so often I try to find things to do that Eve will enjoy that doesn't involve going to the beach (oh wait, that's what I enjoy!). This week I read online that Borders was doing a Polar Express PJ party today. We LOVE that book and the movie...pure awesomeness. I took her this morning and then we hung out at the mall for a while. We bought her Christmas outfit and her Christmas PJs, had a little lunch, and then saw snow! Windward Mall has a tree that blows snow every hour on the hour for 15 minutes. Eve LOVED it. It was so cool...so many kids running and playing in the "snow", which is really some type of bubble like substance. After the snow, we went over to Macy's to write a letter to Santa. I love writing letters to Santa, although I saw some blurb online this week about one program being stopped b/c a child molester was working for them or something...idk, I just sort of glanced over it. Anyway, we wrote our letters (yes, I did too and the reason is coming) and mailed them off. Macy's is the BEST department store because they will donate $1 to the Make a Wish Foundation for every letter they receive up to $1,000,000. If you are inclined to have your kids write letters to the big guy at the North Pole, this is THE place to do it!
So, while we are writing the letters to Santa, I see one of my other favorite Christmas tales, "Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" sitting on the table. The Macy's Christmas theme is "Believe". I used to cry every time I would read it...yes, seriously. I think it is the best response to that question that has ever been expressed. It's obviously as relevant today as it was in 1897 when it was published. I was able to read it through today in the middle of Macy's without tearing up, but it's taken years to get there...years.