Remember when you used to get actual letters in the mail? Not just bills and junk but real hand written letters from a friend or relative?
Can you think back to the days when you would pass notes (yes hand written notes) in class? These days the mode of letter passing seems to be via text messaging.
We have adapted to the modern conveniences of email and text but with that a lot of us have lost touch with the art of writing a letter to someone.
Even during the holidays I have noticed that my hanging Christmas card holder seems to have less and less cards each year, yet holiday wishes abound in my email’s inbox.
There is something extra personal that comes from a hand written letter or card. Knowing that the other person physically held it in their hand and put the time and thought into writing a message on it in their own hand-writing.
This holiday season is the perfect time to Believe in the lost art of letter writing and to make it a family affair!
Throughout the month of December kids of ALL AGES can drop their stamped letters, addressed to Santa at The North Pole, in the Santa Mail letterbox at their local Macy’s.
For each letter received through Dec. 24, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million, to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
You can also share a photo or video of your moment mailing a letter to Santa at Macy’s Believe Station to Instagram, Twitter or Vine using #MacysBelieve to be considered for the opportunity to be in a Macy’s television commercial airing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
“The inspiration for Macy’s Believe campaign was the heartwarming true story of 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897 asking if there really was a Santa Claus. The paper’s editor, Francis P. Church, responded with what has become the most reprinted editorial ever to run in any newspaper in the English language stating, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist …” More than 115 years after that famous essay was penned, Church’s words still resonate and remind us all to believe in the power of childhood wonder, hope and generosity – cornerstones of the Believe campaign. “
So here is a Christmas wish from me. Hand-write your letter to Santa, whether you are 4 years old or 42, take it to the Macy’s Santa Mail Letterbox and help support the heartwarming Make-A-Wish cause! Then mail at least 10 holiday cards signed by you with a hand-written wish for the holidays to 10 of your friends and warm their hearts as well!
Happy letter writing and Happy Holidays!