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24 Friday Oct 2014 Posted by kristinpotpie in Entertaining, Fall, Giveaways, Holidays, Party Ideas, Shopping, Thanksgiving, Wine ≈ 13 Comments TagsAerator, holidays, Hostess Gift, perfect pour, Red wine, Stocking Stuffer, Thanksgiving, Tribella, wineThe weather here in Seattle this fall has been just gorgeous.Aside from the sun setting earlier, sunny days and temperatures in the 70’s tricked my brain into thinking that it was still summer.Then the rain came and I snapped out of it.Though I am still having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Halloween is next week (followed closely on its heels by Thanksgiving and the holidays!), for me the loss of summer has led to a preoccupation with one thing – holiday entertaining will soon be upon us!And with that, red wine drinking season will also be in full swing – As the colder weather settles in many shed their Roses and Chardonnays for the warmth and more full-bodied flavor of various red options.Whether you are entertaining this holiday season and want to delight your guests with the perfect pour, or you are attending a soiree and need an elegant gift for the wine lover in your life, the TRIbella™ wine aerator will put the festive in your festivities. Presented with a bottle of red, this would make for a much appreciated hostess gift. Alone, it is a terrific stocking stuffer.TRIbella™ is wine aeration made beautiful. This patented, trademarked, and innovative aerator, launched in 2014 and designed and engineered in Portland, Oregon is a simple, yet fine-tuned device, created for everyday use. The TRIbella™ allows wine to be poured in three elegant and drip-free streams and to naturally breathe while it falls gracefully into your glass.TRIbella™ exposes wine to air to open up and enhance the flavor of the wine creating a more pleasant experience with beauty and elegance.TRIbella™ allows wine lovers to enjoy their wine with a blend of art and science and is now available on Amazon and through select wine sellers. It even comes in its own protective carrying case so you can take the perfect pour anywhere.In celebration of the fall season and the upcoming holidays, TRIbella™ is offering a free TRIbella™ Wine Aerator to one of my lucky readers!To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment here on the blog telling me – what are you pouring this Thanksgiving or fall?This giveaway will end Midnight Pacific Time, Thursday, October 30. I will choose one winner from the comments on my blog Friday morning and will email the winner. Winner will have 24 hours to respond before I choose an alternate winner.Good luck!Photos taken by, and used with permission of, Richard Brown Photography. 19 Thursday Dec 2013 Posted by kristinpotpie in Art, Dinner, Event, Holidays, Restaurants, Seattle ≈ 1 Comment Tagsburlesque, Burlesque Nutcracker, dinner theatre, Groupon Seattle, holidays, Land of the Sweets, Lilly Verlaine & Jasper McCann, Seattle, Triple DoorThis season I feel like I have had very little time for enjoying the full holiday experience. But last night I slowed down just long enough to drive around and see some Christmas lights, and last week I attended the one holiday show that I just could not miss.I recently wrote about local dinner theatre options on Groupon and made mention of Lily Verlaine & Jasper McCann Presents’ great production, Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker, performing at the Triple Door in Seattle.What a fun alternative to your traditional holiday excursion! If you want something a little different this holiday season you must go! (It just might become a new tradition for you!)But hurry! Tickets are going fast and many performances are selling out.WHAT:Lily Verlaine & Jasper McCann Presents…Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque NutcrackerLily Verlaine and Jasper McCann return to Seattle’s illustrious Triple Door for their 8th annual installment of Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker. A spectacle of pageantry, this year’s production will delight the newcomer and surprise return visitors to the Land of the Sweets. New cast members formerly of Spectrum Dance Theater and Ballet Bellevue make the dancing even hotter, and fashion enthusiasts will get a chance to see the famous “Stargazer” Dress created for Lily Verlaine’s performance at The Burlesque Hall of Fame.WHERE:The Triple Door126 Union Street, SeattleWHEN:Through December 28, 2013:TICKETS:$32.50-$57.50General – $32.50-$47.50VIP Seating – $42.50-$57.50Box Office: 206-838-4333Online Box Office here (www.LandoftheSweets.com) 12 Thursday Dec 2013 Posted by kristinpotpie in Baking, Chocolate, Dessert, Event, Holidays, Recipes, Sharing About Caring ≈ 2 Comments Tagschocolate, cookie swap, Cookies, Cookies For Kids Cancer, holidays, peppermint, The Great Food Blogger Cookie SwapWhether it’s the act of baking cookies with family or friends, or leaving a few out for Santa with a nice glass of milk, cookies and the holidays just go together!For the second year in a row I participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap hosted by food bloggers, Lindsay from Love & Olive Oil and Julie from The Little Kitchen. This year, with 622 participants, the event raised a total of $13778.40 for Cookies for Kids Cancer, a national non-profit that raises money to fund research to find safer, more effective treatments for pediatric cancer. Thank you so much to this year’s sponsors, OXO, Gold Medal Flour, Dixie Crystals and Grandma’s Molasses.It’s very simple how it works. Participating bloggers make a small donation to the fund and then receive the names and addresses of three other food bloggers across the country.Each blogger bakes and mails three dozen cookies of their choice (one dozen cookies to each recipient) and in turn, also receives one dozen cookies from three other bloggers.I had been seeing these fun-looking holiday cookies from Better Homes & Gardens (peppermint is a must this time of year!) online since last Christmas, and since I love all things chocolate (last year I made these chocolate and coconut no-bake cookies), I knew it had to be Chocomint Blossoms for my bloggers.And they were so easy!Through this event I was introduced to some wonderful new-to-me bloggers. I sent my cookies to these fabulous recipients:Hope you liked the cookies ladies!And I received the most delicious cookies from:If you are a food blogger and would like to participate next year, go here to sign up for the email list and they will send you information when signups occur.If you would like to support Cookies for Kids, your donation would surely be appreciated – go here for more information.What cookies are you baking up in your kitchen this holiday season? 25 Monday Nov 2013 Posted by kristinpotpie in Event, Giveaways, Holidays, Seattle, Shopping, Snacks ≈ 60 Comments Tagsgift sets, Giveaways, holidays, KuKuRuZa, popcorn, Seattle, shoppingUPDATE: This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to the winner, Tana! Hope you enjoy your delicious flight of popcorn! Food makes some of the best gift options for those on your holiday shopping list who are hard to buy for. When I purchase a food gift for someone I like to go local and show off the fantastic selection of artisan purveyors we have here in the Northwest.KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn is owned and operated by a local Seattle family and has been handcrafting gourmet popcorn varieties since 2008. They have a high standard of quality in craftsmanship and service, and strive to provide the best popcorn available, offered in a wide variety of flavors ranging from Hawaiian Salted Caramel and Truffle Fromage Porcini to Coconut Macaroon. At KuKuRuZa, it is their passion to create distinct and unforgettable flavor combinations.In addition to their regular offerings, their artisan popcorn also comes in special seasonal flavors, which this time of year includes Pumpkin Spice Pecan, Peppermint Cocoa and Eggnog Brandy.And for your New Year’s Eve party? KuKuRuZa has the pop for your celebration. Strawberry Champagne popcorn, available from December 28 through January 31, a lightly sweet strawberry coating on air-popped popcorn, topped with chunks of dried strawberries. It actually fizzes in your mouth! This is a perfect addition to your festivities and a great way to ring in the New Year!KuKuRuZa is making your holiday shopping easier this year with their Holiday Gift Guide featuring stocking stuffer sized bags of popcorn, a mug perfect for teachers gifts and office gift exchanges, variety packs, flight cartons and of course, their gift tins!If you order online now through December 2 and enter the code EARLYSHOPPER13 before checkout, you will receive 15% off your order (excluding shipping).In addition to their four international shops, KuKuRuZa has three distinctive stores in the Seattle area – the Downtown Seattle shop, within sight of the landmark Pike Place Market, where there is always something popping, the Ballard shop, located in the bustling Ballard neighborhood, and the recently opened Bellevue Square location in the heart of Bellevue Square Mall.If you live in the area, stop in to any KuKuRuZa Popcorn shop on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, and for every $10, customers will receive one free Flight Bag.To celebrate the kickoff to the holiday season, the nice people over at KuKuRuZa have offered me one Flight Carton (Seven – 1.5 cup bags of any flavor in stylized box – ready to be gifted!) to give away to one of my lucky readers.The winner can pick up their gift at one of the stores, or can have it mailed to them.To enter the giveaway: Simply go to the KuKuRuZa website and then come back here to leave a comment telling me which KuKuRuZa flavor you already love or would like to try.Extra Entries – (You must leave a comment on this blog for each one that you do.)This giveaway will end Midnight Pacific Time, Monday, December 2. I will choose one winner from the comments on my blog Tuesday (December 3) morning and will email the winner. Winner will have 24 hours to respond before I choose an alternate winner.Good luck! 05 Tuesday Nov 2013 Posted by kristinpotpie in Cooking, Dinner, Entertaining, Event, Fall, Family, Holidays, Home, Seattle, Sharing About Caring, Shopping, Thanksgiving ≈ Leave a comment Tagscooking, Farestart, holidays, Taste of Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Whole foods MarketI know, I know.I don’t want to think about it either.In fact, I am in denial that November has even begun, but it’s true – Thanksgiving is almost here.Last year I hosted at my house but it looks like my husband’s cousin has the honor this year. I am relieved, I must say. I love entertaining, and while I will miss setting a beautiful table (my favorite part, of course!), I am just feeling kind of overwhelmed these days and am happy to have someone else take on the task of cleaning their house AND preparing the big meal.The one thing that I am a bit sad about this year is that my 16 year old son won’t be with us. But he is looking forward to spending some time on the East Coast with his grandparents in Boston, as well taking a mini-trip from there to New York to spend a day or two after Thanksgiving in New York City with two of my favorite uncles!I am somewhat jealous actually. New York at Christmas time! It is so magical in the City that time of year. Maybe I will just have to stow-away in his luggage…Are you traveling this year or hosting at your house?If you are like me and not at all prepared for the big turkey-eating holiday, join me this Thursday at Whole Food Market for a fun pre-Thanksgiving preview event that will help you get in the spirit of the season and plan for the big day!Sample a ‘Taste of Thanksgiving’ at Whole Foods Market:WHAT: Join Whole Foods Market for its annual “Taste of Thanksgiving” and enjoy a spread of the holiday offerings. Shoppers will have the chance to sample everything from specialty turkeys, to organic and healthy alternative side dishes, to the stuffing and all the fixings.A $5 donation will provide shoppers with a full plate and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to support FareStart, a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals.If inspired for your own Thanksgiving meal, Whole Foods Market shoppers can order online at: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-orderingWHO: The Taste of Thanksgiving in-store events are open to the public.WHEN: Thursday, November 7 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.WHERE: Whole Foods Market store locations throughout the greater Seattle area. 28 Friday Dec 2012 Posted by kristinpotpie in Cooking, Entertaining, Holidays, Party Ideas, Recipes, Seafood ≈ 2 Comments Tagsappetizers, Crab, holidays, New Year's Eve, Seafood, Shrimp, Whole foods MarketWith New Year’s just days away, I am gathering all the decor (silver & blue this year!) for my table and planning my menu for New Year’s Eve.We usually tend to shy away from the crowds, choosing instead to stay in and celebrate as a family. But whether you are hosting a large shindig, a few friends, or just family (and after the lavish meals of Thanksgiving and Christmas) an appetizer spread is a nice way to go.One way to give your appetizer buffet more impact is to give it a theme.We have a seafood-loving family and since shrimp cocktail is a holiday staple for entertaining (right up there with cookies, crudités and cheese plates) why not a seafood selection?Here’s some fun ways to put a unique spin on shellfish appetizers – some great recipes from Whole Foods Market:· Deviled Eggs with Shrimp – Deviled Eggs are a big favorite in our home! And shrimp makes a delicious and dramatic garnish for stuffed eggs. Cooking the shrimp only until they are opaque keeps them sweet and tender.· Two-bite Shrimp Pancakes with Satsuma Relish – Try these delectable bites with wild shrimp highlighted by a simple citrus topping.· Seafood Cucumber Stacks with Lemon Cream and Chives – These refreshing hors d’oeuvres are delicious with shrimp or crab, so pick your favorite!· Hot Crab and Artichoke Dip – Enjoy this savory dip, a mixture of delicious crab and artichokes in a creamy base, with other classics: crackers and crudités! Wonderful!· Mini Crab Cakes with Spicy Red Pepper Sauce – Fry up these succulent two-bite treats up to two days ahead and refrigerate between layers of waxed paper. Give each a dollop of pepper sauce just before serving.· Crab Canapés – These are great placed atop baguette slices or pretty crackers and broiled.Additionally, did you know when you buy seafood at Whole Foods Market, you’re helping to support more sustainable fisheries and aquaculture?Their shrimp and crab are sourced from farmers and fishermen that meet the company’s quality standards for farmed and wild-caught seafood, including preservatives, a suite of requirements to protect the environment, and traceability from farm and fishery to store.What are you serving on your New Year’s table?All photos used courtesy of Whole Foods Market. 23 Sunday Dec 2012 Posted by kristinpotpie in DIY, Entertaining, Event, Holidays, Home-Made, Party Ideas, Tablescapes ≈ Leave a comment Tagscrafts, DIY, Greens, holidays, Hostess gifts, Tablescapes, Washington Park Arboretum, Zoka Coffee RoastersA couple of weeks ago I invited some local bloggers to come out for a sneak peek of our Gifts & Greens event and a crafty afternoon at the Arboretum.We enjoyed coffee (thanks to Zoka Coffee Roasters!) and mimosas, and played with holiday greens. I showed them several quick and simple ways to use greens in decor, on the table or on gift packages.I know that Christmas is nearly upon us, but there’s still time to do some holiday crafting with what you have handy in your yard and home!Here’s ten ways to use fresh greens for last-minute holiday decorating:Gift Giving:1. Use fresh greens and ribbons to decorate packages as I have done on these swag bags above. Just tie a bunch with a lovely ribbon to a bag or package. Check out Patty’s Utopia blog for more photos highlighting other packages I did.For the food lover on your list, at her Gifts & Greens Galore demo, local entertaining expert Alexandra Hedin also showed us how to make fresh mini rosemary wreaths to tie as decor onto packages -They smell so good and have a purpose in cooking after the recipient opens the gift!You can look at my tutorial from last year to learn how to make these! I made them for chair decorations last year and then sent them home as a little parting favor for my guests.2. This fun floating candle in a jar is so fast to put together.Even the kids can help with this one!It would make for a special hostess gift (or just for a decoration in your own home!)For a step-by-step how-to, check out Feeling Crafty’s blog post. She did a great job of showing how to put these together!Holiday Decor:3. For a nice centerpiece, place one large Magnolia leaf (or a cutting of 3-4 leaves) in a large candle holder with a white pillar candle. Place on a tray and surround with small glasses filled with cuttings and then decorate with small ball ornaments or bells tied with string.4. Top candlestick holders of varying sizes, heights and materials with a single pine cone and group them or line them down your table.5. For another centerpiece idea, fill a bowl with glass Christmas balls and stuff sprigs of greenery in between the ornaments. A glass bowl works wonderfully here to show off the contrast in colors between the balls and the greens. You can also add a couple of candle stick holders flanking each side of the bowl – place one cutting and one ornament on top of each.6. To quickly add some fresh greenery to your holiday decor, simply fill vases with several cuttings from your yard as I have done in the steel containers above. Don’t over think this – it is meant to look natural! But it’s beautiful! Right? This took no more than two minutes!7. I always have tulips in a vase in my home at the Holidays – it’s very traditional in Scandinavian countries. This year I upgraded this look by adding cedar branches to the vases with white and red tulips – I just love how it turned out!For the Table:8. At each place setting use a large single leaf like a Magnolia, between a clear glass plate and charger.9. Use baker’s twine to tie a sprig of evergreen to a folded napkin and place on each plate.10. Love this star place setting! Simply form a star shape from florist wire – or any wire – and wrap with greenery. Top with a handmade name card and place at each setting.(Rachel from Small Steps on our Journey and Dawn from Not Just a Mommy were a couple of other bloggers in attendance at our preview and also have some great pictures from the event!)How are you using greens in your holiday decor? 20 Thursday Dec 2012 Posted by kristinpotpie in Event, Holidays, Seattle, Shopping ≈ 2 Comments TagsGift ideas, Holiday Thursdays, holidays, Scandinavian Specialties, Seattle, Tom Douglas, Underwood Stables, West Elm Seattle, Whole foods MarketIf you are in Seattle and you are looking for last minute gift ideas, boy do I have a list for you today!West Elm “Holiday Thursdays”:As part of West Elm’s “Holiday Thursdays” which have been taking place throughout the holiday season, they have a special surprise tonight only happening at the Seattle store!Along with the last minute gift ideas and inspiration that they’ll share, I am so excited to tell you that they will have Tom Douglas signing his cookbooks in the store! He will be there during the event from 6-8pm – great chance to get the foodie on your list a personalized gift!Underwood Stables Holiday Sale & Good Times Event:Underwood Stables at 4306 Fremont Avenue N (next door to Uneeda Burger) is holding a Holiday Sale & Good Times event this week that starts today.SCHEDULEThey will have men’s and women’s vintage clothing and accessories from the 1950’s-1970’s mainly. Some earlier women’s pieces 1920’s-1930’s and some women’s 1980’s-early 1990’s. This includes men’s western suits, cowboy boots, boots, shoes, leather jackets, winter coats, dresses, costume jewelry, luggage, vintage chrome high chair and a few vintage baby/toddler items. And more!Includes hand-crafted items by local designers, including jewelry by Nikki Jacoby.There is also a “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree lot, warm drinks and occasional live music and dancing!Whole Foods Market Gift Ideas:Denise Breyley, Whole Foods Market’s Local Forager, has the enviable job of traveling the region to visit farmers, ranchers, fishermen and interesting small businesses to find new products to introduce to Whole Foods Market shoppers. Here are some of Denise’s top picks to share with friends and family this season.Scandinavian Specialties:Scandinavian Specialties is one of my favorite local Seattle stores – ’cause with a first name like “Kristin” you can bet I have some Scandinavian in me 🙂If you are looking for a great last minute gift idea for your scan loving friends, I highly recommend this fun little shop in Ballard! (6719 – 15th Avenue NW)They have such a wonderful selection of gifts.With lots of elves!I just love these traditional looking heart and pine dishes.This glogg set is adorable too. More elves!Here’s one for my Christmas list!They also carry a full line of Scandinavian Food products imported from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland and boast an incredible array of their very own deli and bakery items perfect for your holiday meal.I stocked up when I was there.I love these Norwegian fortune cookies – Funny, my great-grandparents, who came to this country from Norway, were named Ole and Olena!The cafe inside the store has that homey, welcoming, warm Scandinavian feel – just the perfect place to slow down this holiday season and have a lovely cup of tea and a little snack! Yum! 12 Wednesday Dec 2012 Posted by kristinpotpie in Baking, Chocolate, Event, Food Writing, Holidays, Home-Made, Recipes, Sharing About Caring ≈ 9 Comments Tagschocolate, coconut, cookie swap, Cookies, Cookies For Kids Cancer, holidays, marshmallows, OXO, The Great Food Blogger Cookie SwapWho doesn’t love a cookie swap at Christmas time?This year I participated in a very special swap with food bloggers all over the world! The Food Blogger Cookie Swap is hosted annually by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a non-profit which raises funds for pediatric cancer research.It’s very simple how it works. Each blogger participating makes a small donation to the fund (which is matched, dollar for dollar, by OXO®!) and then receives names and addresses of three food bloggers across the country.They bake and mail three dozen of the cookie of their choice (one dozen cookies to each recipient) and in turn, also receive one dozen cookies from three other bloggers.Then, today, we blog about it – thereby raising awareness for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer! What better way to raise money and awareness for kids with cancer?Food bloggers, Lindsay from Love & Olive Oil and Julie from The Little Kitchen coordinated this year’s event with over 500 food bloggers participating, and raising over $4400! Fabulous job you guys!I received some very wonderful cookies over the last couple of weeks – Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Oatmeal Scotchies (what a mouthful – in more ways than one! Yum!), from Cayla at Cayla’s Cookie Jar in Indiana, Clove Crisps (Loved these!) from Melissa at The Baked Equation in AZ, and finally this week my last box arrived and it contained Maple Bacon (Bacon! In a cookie? Yep! Oh my!) Sugar Cookies from Carrie at Bakeaholic Mama in NH!Such a variety of sugary goodness!After much contemplation, I decided on the perfect cookies.The rules stated we had to make “cookies that are new to you”, meaning you have never blogged about them. These cookies I had never blogged about, but boy I’ve sure had a lot of practice eating them over the years!Though it might be considered more of a candy by some, my grandmother’s no-bake cookies are a staple at our holidays. It is just not Christmas without them! I baked up a batch and sent them off to New York, Maine and California.I hope my bloggers liked their cookies!Here is the recipe for the very simple no bake cookies my grandmother makes every year with some of my own modifications:Grandma’s No-Bake Snowball CookiesMelt butter and chocolate in a large saucepan on the stove over low heat. Remove from heat and add egg. Stir in. Add marshmallows and powdered sugar stir gently until all ingredients are incorporated.Pour coconut into a shallow bowl. Spoon balls into hand with a tablespoon and lay in coconut. Place cookie ball into coconut and roll gently.Place each ball on a baking sheet. Let rest for 2 hours or overnight. Can store in fridge up to 3 weeks. I doubled the recipe to make 4 dozen. So, yes, I did have some left over! And, no, I didn’t share! 🙂If you are a food blogger and would like to participate next year, go here to sign up for the email list and they will send you information when signups occur. If you would like to support Cookies for Kids, your donation would surely be appreciated – go here for more information.What is your favorite Christmas time cookie to give or receive? 19 Monday Nov 2012 Posted by kristinpotpie in Children, Event, Family, Holidays, Seattle, Sharing About Caring, Shopping ≈ Leave a comment TagsCostumes, Floats, holidays, Macy's Believe, Macy's Holiday Parade, Macy's Star Lighting, Parades, Santa, Seattle, ThanksgivingThere I am last year in the Macy’s Holiday Tree costume!As I roll into Thanksgiving week and finish my last-minute preparations, I am allowing my mind to turn to the next celebration just around the corner. That’s right! Christmas!I love Thanksgiving for what it is but also for being the kick-off to the holiday season. This weekend will be filled with family, leftovers (turkey soup – yes!), shopping, decorating and the beginning of the most magical time of the year.If you are in the Seattle area you won’t want to miss the My Macy’s Holiday Parade and Star Lighting to help your family kick-off the holidays! In celebration of the 2012 holiday season, Macy’s annual My Macy’s Holiday Parade will take place on Friday, November 23, 2012 in downtown Seattle.The parade features 25 inflatable floats, local middle and high school marching bands, over 600 costumed characters, professional sports teams and community drill teams. This year’s Parade will also include two new helium star balloons escorting Santa’s sleigh.The parade starts promptly at 9 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour. The Holiday Parade route, shown below, will begin at 7th and Pine, then travel west down Pine Street to 5th Avenue, south on 5th Avenue to University Street, west on University to 4th, and then north on 4th to Macy’s doorstep.The parade ends as Santa dashes in his sleigh past Macy’s, heading directly from the North Pole to his Seattle holiday post in Macy’s Santaland on the 6th floor, which opens at 11:00 AM.Santaland is open from November 23 through December 24 where Macy’s will once again offer an assortment of digital photography packages.Santa photos will be available every day from Friday, November 23 through Monday, December 24. For more information visit www.macys.com/holidayevents for Santaland daily hours.MACY’S STAR LIGHTING & FIREWORKS SHOWLater that evening, Macy’s will continue the celebration with the Holiday Star Lighting Ceremony in conjunction with the annual Seattle Westlake Center tree lighting.I have such fond memories of this tradition from when the boys were little – a bit of shopping followed by a hot cocoa as we waited so patiently (or not so, as in the case of little boys!) for Santa to make his appearance to light up Downtown Seattle with holiday cheer! Ah the looks on their little faces!This event begins at 5 p.m. and will include an incredible fireworks display (weather permitting) and the lighting of the famous 161-foot high, 3,600-bulb Holiday Star which is a Seattle favorite.DO YOU “BELIEVE”?Macy’s is also once again hosting the holiday “BELIEVE” Campaign to benefit MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION this year. Beginning November 2 and running through December 24, believers of all ages are invited to drop off letters – stamped and addresses to Santa at the North Pole – at any Santa Mail letterbox at your local Macy’s store. For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, up to $1 million, to grant wishes to local children with life-threatening medical conditions. For more information, visit www.macys.com/holidayevents.What is your favorite tradition to help kick-off the holidays? Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Blog at WordPress.com.