Keeping the Spirit of Christmas Alive

It’s no secret that the Magic of Santa is something we all carry into adulthood. All of us, young old, have joined this worldwide evolution of “Santa”. He reminds of all of the simplest joys of childhood, from running to the tree on Christmas morning, unwrapping presents and marveling at the Man in the Red suit who always gets it right! Santa has transcended all of the things in life that divide us, bringing us together one time a year in unity and happiness. People of all religions and cultures have some form of generously giving man who one time a years shows us the joy in life isn’t about getting — but giving.

I confess I was one of those inquisitive children that when I turned about 6 or 7, was very skeptical about this whole “Santa” thing. Some questions I pondered were, “How can one person travel the globe in one night?” How does he know where I always am?” (We would travel to my grandparents in another state, and he always managed to find me, after all!) Once, my brother and I speculated that “Santa” was indeed our parents because Santa’s handwriting was the same as my Dad’s! That last tip-off inspired me to create the Santa Tags below. Like me, others have created products and traditions to keep the Spirit of Santa Alive. We’ve given you just a few easy ways to keep the spirit of Santa alive for the children in your life this year.

Give Santa A Call: How many times do your children ask to see Santa in December? If they are anything like my niece, she wants to see him as much as she can during the holiday season! Instead of taking her weekly to check in with Santa, she can make a call to him and even leave her gift list as a message! Call 1 951-262-3062, your child will hear a message from Santa that is sure to light them up with excitement!

Video from the North Pole: These days, Santa is as mobile as the rest of us! Portable North Pole is a magical online platform that lets Santa connect with his millions of friends around the world! That’s right Santa has own Ap, where you create personalized video messages for your young believer. Find out the answers to your favorite questions, read Christmas stories from the elves, download or print Christmas drawings, and much more in Santa’s Village.

Holiday Portraits: This is time that all parents want to document, from the growth of their family to the memories of the Holiday. Friend and Photography Contributor Garrett Nudd of Cobblestone Rue Photography plans portrait sessions in collaborations with Chattanooga business neighbor, Sophie’s Shoppe with Santa Claus every year. A sweet and cozy vignette is designed, complete with milk and cookies. As you can see from the image above, having great images like this continue to keep Santa’s magic alive for years to come!

Santa Tags — From Santa’s Workshop: The impetus for these tags are purely from my childhood suspicions with my father and Santa Claus uncannily having the same handwriting as one another! I created these 50 unique Santa Tags straight from Santa’s Workshop! Phrases include, “You Made the Nice List!” and “You’re as Sweet as a Cookie!” These tags will keep the spirit of Santa alive and well. Tags can be found at Paper Couture Stationery and retail for $23.95.

Elegant Santa Letters: There is no more elegant way to keep your child’s faith in Santa than a custom letter hand written by calligrapher and artist, Sarah Hanna with Artful Correspondence. Each letter is personalized, with information only Santa would know, which builds the holiday excitement as well as ensuring you child stays on their best behavior! These refined letters retail for $20.00 and can be ordered through Sarah:

Elf on the Shelf: In the past few years Elf on a Shelf has become nearly as popular as the big guy himself! You may have seen him on various forms of social media reaping all kinds of havoc! For ideas on what your child’s elf can do to keep the excitement of the season growing, check out this great review by Apryl Duncan Stay-at-Home Moms Expert.

  • PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This cleverly rhymed children’s book explains the story of Santa’s scout elves, which are sent to be Santa’s eyes and ears at children’s homes around the world! When a family adopts a scout elf and gives it a name, the scout elf receives his or her Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day's adventures—that’s how Santa knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice!

The Beginning is always TODAY!


If you woke up every morning, epic bed head and all, and literally thought about the very same thing for 3 1/2 years, what would you do? In many ways, I was reborn 3 1/2 years ago. In the spring of 2011, I took the finest man I have ever come to know, my two beautiful daughters, a fun-loving husband/wife photography duo and whisked away to NYC in the wee hours of the morning. On March 20th, we married in Strawberry Fields, Central Park and my life has been on this continual upswing ever since. This "same thing" thought I had every day was the desire to have an online source or guide where my husband and I (always referred to as "Me and the Mister") could read and reference together, along with one that my friends and I could discuss and relate to.  This blog idea was born.

But there's more!  Sharing my vision with my friends Amy Morelli and Robyn Dixon, we realized that our lifestyles are very different at this stage of life.  Perhaps we could pool our perspectives to create a "something for everyone" approach!

So, let's introduce the team ...

LISA STONER: I love the fashion and lifestyle blogs I follow, I really do! That said, I feel like the style and voice I favored in those blogs was a little "young" for me. Remember, 45 is the new 30! I'm a gal with the world at her fingertips who also happens to be remarried, has a daughter in college, a freshman in high school and would have loved a little "preparation" for the triumphs and struggles that come along with navigating these years. #meandthemister

AMY MORELLI: What about the voice of the 40+ year old that is single (divorced), childless, with a lucrative career and VERY okay with that? She loves her family, is the most avid animal lover, a feminist, loyal friend, and yes, she actually loves children! (Especially her niece!) College, marriage, then children (in that order) isn't in the plan for everyone, and if that's you, you'll love Amy! #memyselfandi

ROBYN DIXON: Maybe college, marriage and children was in the cards for you. AFTER your career. No less loving and devoted to her husband and toddler son, this 35+ something will give you everything from trends on pleated leather skirts in the office, to getting little boy stains out of your cashmere. A self-proclaimed "virgin cook" she's scrambling just like you trying to find the balance between countless hours at the office and quality time with her family. I know you will have lots to relate to with Robyn! #meandtheminimister

We plan on mixing life and love, stylishly and tastefully of course, so grab your coffee, tea, or wine and join us for everything life has to offer us all.

This is me. This is us.

Collectively, the joys, growth, and challenges we face are at once unique and universal.  So, when you really think about it, Me Actually... is you.