BELIEVE with Macy’s and Surprise Giveaway!

Remember the COME+TOGETHER campaign from Macy’s I told you about? Well, the warm hearts at Macy’s are at it again and boy are they making a difference this holiday season! With the launch of their Believe Campaign, Macy’s is not only going to make a difference in the lives of those in need, but are going to reward two lucky winners with a trip of a lifetime…..to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

The nostalgic holiday campaign was inspired by the New York Sun’s famous “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial from 1897 and includes letter-writing “Believe Stations” in Macy’s stores across the country. For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, up to $1 million.

How can you enter? Well, Macy’s is inviting you to either upload a video or share a story that explains why you believe in the magic of the season. Videos should be under 60 seconds long and stories should be around 150 words. Be creative, have fun and tell the world why you believe!

As a part of this magical campaign, Macy’s is also announcing the following:

Macy’s “The Trek” TV Commercial - The new national television spot called “The Trek” features Virginia making the trip from her home to Macy’s, where Queen Latifah helps her mail her letter to Santa.

Macy’s National Santa Tour - Following his celebratory kickoff of the holiday season in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santa will embark on a whirlwind tour across America, greeting young boys and girls and spreading holiday joy.

National Believe Day / “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.

Inspired? Well, how about when you go to Macy’s to drop off your letter to Santa, you stay awhile and do a little shopping?! Macy’s is giving 2 lucky Thoughtfully Simple readers a $25.00 gift certificate to help this holiday season!

WINNERS! Congratulations to LisaLisa and Steve! Thank you for sharing your Christmas traditions with us!

How to Win: Contest Closed

Leave a comment here sharing your favorite holiday tradition. Yup, that simple! Good luck!

(Two winners will be chosen using random.org and notified via email. Contest ends November 23, 2009)

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23 Comments on BELIEVE with Macy’s and Surprise Giveaway!

  1. cathy/psychic mama
    November 16, 2009 at 10:21 am (5 years ago)

    Every Thanksgiving AloWISHus, the elf, takes up residence at our house making sure the children make it to Santa’s nice list. We have been visited by our elf for 35 years since my oldest child was born. My 6 yr old waits for our elf every November and tries to find him. Sometimes he hides in the tree, sometimes on a shelf, sometimes at the foot of the bed watching over his sleeping charges.My grandkids have their own elves-Jedidiah, Chloe, Ellsworth, and Mabel. ladyhightower@live.com

  2. Deanna G.
    November 16, 2009 at 10:36 am (5 years ago)

    My favorite holiday tradition is around Christmas time we go around and look at all our neighbor’s Christmas lights! Some of our neighbors go all out! It’s just gorgeous :)

  3. Alysia
    November 16, 2009 at 10:47 am (5 years ago)

    We have a holiday sweater party the first weekend of December. We’ve been doing it for four years, so it is not an old tradition, but definitely one that helps kick off the season with friends.

  4. Brooke Malko
    November 16, 2009 at 3:40 pm (5 years ago)

    My FAVORITE Holiday tradition is getting new pajamas on Christmas eve! I am 26 and my parents still give me pj’s! I can’t wait for my husband and I have kiddos of our own to carry on this tradition!

    ~Brooke

  5. JulieFBT
    November 16, 2009 at 11:56 pm (5 years ago)

    My family’s favorite holiday tradition started back when I was a child. Christmas Eve is a our big night with a festive dinner, taking a drive around the neighborhood to look at all the decorations and then we head back home for what our kids love best…we each open a present from each other. When I was growing up, my parents decided that we would have our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, we opened all the presents from each other and then Christmas day, we opened our stockings and Santa gifts, then had leftovers and enjoyed relaxing and spending Christmas day together. Much less stressful! :) Thanks for hosting this giveaway Tori!

  6. Dawn
    November 17, 2009 at 11:40 am (5 years ago)

    Awesome contest! This isn’t a shameless plug, but every year, we watch the Macy’s Holiday Parade and the Friday after Thanksgiving, we head out to downtown Seattle for the tree lighting celebration (which happens to be the Macy’s Holiday Star) and then we check out the Christmas window displays for all of the major stores. Including the Macy’s window. But no, this isn’t a shameless plug. :)

  7. Annette
    November 23, 2009 at 2:28 pm (5 years ago)

    I love baking Christmas cookies with all the kids and grand kids. IT is a long going family tradition.

  8. K. Christopher
    November 23, 2009 at 2:30 pm (5 years ago)

    In my family, we have the tradition of getting new Christmas pajamas that are all matching. It creates a lot of fun memories.

  9. Tabitha
    November 23, 2009 at 2:34 pm (5 years ago)

    I just love spending time with the family, decorating our tree.

  10. Tara Hernandez
    November 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm (5 years ago)

    Our family tradition for christmas is that we always gather around and watch the Polar Express! Cuddle up, some hot chocolate, and family love!!

  11. LisaLisa
    November 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm (5 years ago)

    Family tradition for us is decorating the tree and baking cookies…but the most fun of all is everyone singing Christmas Carols and guess what…we can all sing…lol lol

  12. Calisara
    November 23, 2009 at 2:44 pm (5 years ago)

    How fun! A family tradition we celebrate is during Christmas Eve, we wait for the first star to shine before enjoying our fish dinner. It means a lot to my grandparents that we keep up this tradition.

  13. Aimee
    November 23, 2009 at 2:57 pm (5 years ago)

    Our Christmas tradition as a family is to go ice skating the day after Christmas while the family is all still together. We’ve always lived in the midwest where there are plenty of ice rinks available, both indoor and out. And it’s been fun to teach the younger generation the love of a fun winter activity and work off a few of those holiday calories!

  14. Sarah
    November 23, 2009 at 2:57 pm (5 years ago)

    My favorite holiday tradition is sitting around with my family and singing Christmas carols together!

  15. Michele
    November 23, 2009 at 2:59 pm (5 years ago)

    We started this tradition 9 years ago when our kids were very young. We all get into our sweats (kids in PJ’s) & we go to Starbucks and get hot cocoa and some sweet goody to eat, then we put the Xmas music on in the truck and drive around looking at the Xmas lights and decorations all around town. When we get home and feel all festive, we watch the Polar Express DVD. It is a great way to enjoy the holiday spirit and have fun family time together. We look forward to it each year!

  16. Chris @ Celebrations At Home
    November 23, 2009 at 3:40 pm (5 years ago)

    Can I say two?! Every year I throw a Christmas Cocktail Party for friends. It is always a good time!

    Also, my husband started dressing up as Santa about 6 years ago when the kids were tiny. We set the video camera up in front of the Christmas tree and “catch” Santa putting the toys out for the kids(while they are sleeping). My daughter is now 8 1/2 and is asking if we will see Santa this year on the video! The sad thing is I know we don’t have too much longer to carry this on.

  17. Sarah
    November 23, 2009 at 4:58 pm (5 years ago)

    A favirote tradition is celebrating my mom’s birthday on December 15th by buying and trimming our Christmas tree!

  18. Steve
    November 23, 2009 at 5:00 pm (5 years ago)

    I love hanging the lights the day after Thanksgiving! I am a regular Clark Grizwald!

  19. Elliott
    November 23, 2009 at 5:02 pm (5 years ago)

    I love throwing an annual Kids party! I did it for years with my oldest daughter and keeping the tradition going with my 1 year old!

  20. Lex
    November 23, 2009 at 5:05 pm (5 years ago)

    The mission inn and Ice skating!

  21. katie ellen
    November 23, 2009 at 8:20 pm (5 years ago)

    Spending time with my family and simply enjoying life and all the blessings we have!!

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