Nine years ago (how is that possible?!) we brought our baby to see Santa at Macy's on State Street and this happened.babys first visit with santa Quite unsure of the stranger in the red suit that was holding her, baby Ellie twisted her little fingers around his whiskers and gave his beard a tug.  This photo was published in the Chicago Tribune in December of 2007 with the title "The Yanks are Comin'!"  and our favorite holiday tradition was born.

This is another one of my favorite photos with Santa at the State Street Macy's.  Three year old Ellie is like "don't you dare mess up this present thing for me, baby!"  She's kind of holding her sister's hand but mostly looking embarrassed.

scared of santa

Things eventually get better but the next year was still a little rough for our Mads.  santaland 11

Even while Santa might not have been Madeline's favorite person her first few Christmases, she loved everything else about our holiday tradition.  Walking around the State Street Macy's looking at all of the windows, carefully selecting the perfect ornament to add to our tree and eating lunch by the great 12

Last year, for Will's first Christmas, everyone had a very pleasant visit with Santa.  Will loved snuggling with the big guy's red suit.visit with santa 2014

After the visit was over, the girls wanted to make sure Santa didn't forget exactly what they wanted so they dropped their letters in the red mailbox at Macy's.maces letter to santaBefore we all went to eat by the great tree, the kids wanted to get a really good view so we went up a floor to the viewing stand.  Last year the entire tree changed colors.  The girls stood and watched in awe!maces great tree

While waiting for dessert, a fairy visited with us.  She sprinkled fairy dust and granted us each one wish.

fairy wishes

 Next weekend we will go downtown and continue our tradition of visiting the REAL Santa, mailing off our letters, picking out our ornaments for the year and eating by the great tree.  The best part of the holidays are seeing everything through the eyes of our children.  The excitement and wonder is contagious.
This holiday season, Macy's is inviting you and your family to share in the holiday traditions that make the season so magical.  They are hosting free events the next two Saturdays for your family to enjoy!macy's holiday events
Macy's State Street 
Saturday, November 14 at 2pm
Saturday, November 21 at 2pm

Join Macy's for an afternoon of family fun with lots of activities for the holidays. Get creative at our crafts table where you can create holiday ornaments, color, and more. There'll also be balloon twisting and more holiday fun to enjoy!  We'll see you there!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.