well, we tried anyway. a friend of ours is one of the santa's at the herald square macy's this year. he's a big kid himself, and apparently, they asked him the first week he was there to come back next year because he's so good! he told us to talk to the elf with the headset when we got there to see if they could squeeze us in. they couldn't and the wait was going to be two to two and a half hours! we decided to skip it, but we were both pretty bummed.
later, chris found out that today was a record-breaking day. they saw 9000 people. oy.