MACY'S SANTA

I believe... I believe... It’s silly, but I believe.
— Susan, Miracle on 34th Street

If you've ever seen Miracle on 34th Street, the classic one in black and white, you know that the real Santa is at Macy's. So it was no surprise when Kevin said that he wanted to take Henry to see Santa there for his first Christmas. I only begged to buy their silly pictures.

I recently had a friend tell me that growing up she and her siblings always had their picture taken with Santa and how fun it was to look at those pictures now that they're older. I maybe have one picture as a child with Santa and wish there were more. The pictures would hopefully somehow capture childhood magic, or terror if you're Henry this year.

I swear babies either really love Santa or are simply really scared.

Henry up in arms about getting dressed that morning. He knew something was up. :) 

Henry up in arms about getting dressed that morning. He knew something was up. :) 

Classic Macy's sign with the Empire State Building. I love New York. 

Classic Macy's sign with the Empire State Building. I love New York. 

Not really wanting to chance waiting in line with what may have been a fussy baby, we reserved our time online to meet with Santa. Yeah, that's a thing now. I swear you can do anything online. The sad part about this? All the cool Christmas displays are in the line. Next year, we're going to go at some obscure time and see those displays. The bonus side, Jessica Simpson was in front of us in our VIP line. Our first celebrity sighting. We kept our distance, though, as her entire family was with her, and we were obviously out to spend time together as a family. 

The snippet of the display we saw in our short line. 

The snippet of the display we saw in our short line. 

It was sweet, they take a family photo before heading in to see Santa. Yes, my snoopy sweater is awesome.

It was sweet, they take a family photo before heading in to see Santa. Yes, my snoopy sweater is awesome.

Henry looking up at Santa not sure what to do. While this may look all innocent and curiosity, the crying began after this photo. Must have been that big white beard. 

Henry looking up at Santa not sure what to do. While this may look all innocent and curiosity, the crying began after this photo. Must have been that big white beard. 

After the shock of meeting Santa, we headed out to the window displays which are really something spectacular. These pictures don't do it justice.

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus! 

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus! 

The windows became really interesting from there, a young boy and Santa going to all the different planets.  

I see Alex's bedroom in my future! 

I see Alex's bedroom in my future! 

Back to sweet New York! 

Back to sweet New York! 

I was wrong when I told you that, Susie. You must believe in Mr. Kringle and keep right on doing it. You must have faith in him.
— Doris Walker, Miracle on 34th Street