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The Macy's holidays windows that we all know and love may have never come to be, except for the fact that R.H. Macy was friends with P.T. Barnum. And Barnum suggested to Macy that he put his mechanical toys in the windows of his store at Christmastime. When the Thanksgiving Day parade began in 1924, Macy's invested even more in their displays for the parade crowds.
The theme of this year's display - the six windows of Macy's facing Broadway - is the making of Christmas magic. When you visit the Macy's Holiday Windows, make sure you bring your (stamped) letters to Santa to drop in the special Santa Mailbox. Macy's will donate $1 to the Make a Wish Foundation for every letter sent.