Santa’s Secret Elf is a Christmas book that tells what Santa does when he gets letters from children asking for things he can’t provide.
Local author and mom creates new family tradition that reminds us to celebrate everyday. While battling breast cancer at 39, her son’s visit with Santa inspired Kara Anderson to write the first book in a series called Santa’s Secret Elf. While sitting on Santa’s lap, Gordy, then 5 years old, told Santa that he just wanted his Mommy to be better.
As they drove home, Anderson realized that there are many families needing more than the traditional toys and games under the tree. She began to tell the magical story of Merryam, who watches over the children year round from the North Pole. Merryam handles all the letters like Gordy’s, asking for more than Santa can deliver and is a constant reminder to be kind and generous to each other every day.
With the needs of children never ending, Merryam shares stories of the what the elves do all year long, not just during one season. This year, Kara Anderson’s family also created and designed Kindness Calendars made of cloth with pockets for each day. Using the calendars every day, family and friends leave notes inside that share what they are thankful for, grateful for or encouraging words about others. This tradition began as Kara battled breast cancer, not knowing if she would be around for another Christmas. She wanted her children to remember each day, and not just with pictures, but to share what they were thinking and feeling.
The traditions with Merryam began at Christmas and is now a year-round reason to celebrate everyday.
Santa’s Secret Elf is a 48-page soft cover book that tells the story of what Santa does when he gets letters asking for things he can’t provide. “Make my mom better” and “Bring my Daddy home” are just two of the requests he gets and those letters are sent to his special elf Merryam.
The new countdown calendars are perfect for any celebration. Write something you are grateful for, are praying for or just a message of encouragement during any special occasion and place it in the pocket for that day. This new tradition will warm your heart when you see what friends and family are thinking about.
The countdown to Christmas calendar will remind us the true reason of the season as we pray for others and remember what we are thankful and grateful for. Have family and friends write a message on a piece of paper and place it in the pocket of each day. On Christmas Eve collect them and read them together then save them or scrap book them to remember this special time.
Celebrate every day not just during the one holiday with the Celebrate Everyday calendar with message pockets. Special celebrations can include: Wedding, Baby shower, Wedding shower,
New home purchase, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Military homecomings, End of medical treatments, Graduation, First day of school, Start of summer and so many more.
Click HERE for the latest press release- Meet Merryam and the family.
Click HERE to read what Christian author Elaine Miller had to say about Merryam.