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This year has been a rough one, and not to be a downer or anything, but the end of 2016 really can’t come soon enough. As they say, we could all use a little bit of cheer in this final month of what feels like the longest year in history.
No one is better at rallying around the holidays — immediately after Halloween — than malls and department stores. The lights! The windows! And of course, the Santas! And if you can’t muster up the energy right now to leave your house to do your holiday shopping, Santa will come to you.
For the remaining Saturdays in December, if you live in New York, Beverly Hills, Bal Harbour, or Houston, you can arrange for the official Saks Santa Claus to bring gifts to your house. Could you imagine being a New York City child and having Santa show up to your Upper East Side brownstone, in a Mercedes Benz van, with presents?
Macy’s also has a very sweet initiative going on right now called #TheSantaProject — which I only know about because they play the commercials incessantly on the Hulu subscription that still makes you watch ads. Here, Macy’s is asking people to contribute “he’s real” stories about Santa Claus to the internet, because this one little girl asked Siri if Santa was real, and was probably told no.