|Many streeets in New York have been converted to "al fresco" rest spots.|
|Lower Manhattan skyline, as seen from Staten Island Ferry.|
|Macy's on 34th St., NYC.|
|Letters to Santa.|
|I'll take one of each, thank you.|
|Lots of giant presents!|
|Inside Santa Land.|
|Empir State Building Display.|
|An entrance to the store. Almost as big as my first floor!|
|Giant wreath around giant clock.......hmmm, good idea for small version at home.|
|Giant chandelier. Imagine this at home! Too fancy for me, a much smaller one would do fine.|
|Virginia writing to "The Sun" editor.|
|The editor of "the Sun.|
|100 colors were used to create window display.|
Virginia O' Hanlon, born in 1889 in Manhattan, NY, was an 8 year old girl who wrote to the New York Sun newspaper asking if there really was a Santa Claus. The editor's reply included the line, "Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus, he exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exists". It has become popular Christmas folklore in the U.S. and Canada.
In 1947 the movie, "Miracle On 34th Street", depicted a Macy's Santa Claus as Kris Kringle. With its message of hope, the movie is a favorite at this time of year.
As the theme of the year is "Believe"......I have chosen to believe that I had a miracle. I have lived this past year after being given a new chance at life and I thank my Creator for it!
Beside being healthy, be joyous and full of love and generosity and devotion. That's what Santa and Christmas is all about after all.
Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus! Merry Christmas!
|Theme sign outside Macy's.|