Santa's Little Helpers

Christmas is a magical season. It has an extraordinary ability to transport your thoughts through time. Precious memories of loved ones, or thoughts of the future, and changes you want for the New Year or how your family might grow before the next Christmas Season. Christmas truly does represent your past, present, and future.

The spirit of Christmas is illustrated in countless stories from the birth of Jesus Christ to Santa Claus and his eight reindeer, but none more so than Charles Dickens’ novel, A Christmas Carol. In the story, a mean and greedy businessman named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three spirits—The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.

The Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge to several stops in the past reminding him of all the wonderful people he met in life. From his dear sister to his first employer who treated him like a son to his beloved fiance Belle he turned his back on.

The Ghost of Christmas Present takes Mr. Scrooge to a Christmas party where Tiny Tim, a boy who is seriously ill is celebrating in spite of his illness. It is there Scrooge is informed of the family’s need for money to save Tiny Tim’s life.

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come takes Scrooge to a funeral in the future where the only reason they showed up was to get a free meal. No one there cares at all about the dead man—it’s Scrooge. It ends in a nightmare.

the human spirit has been restored

When Scrooge awakes the following day his faith in love, joy, kindness, charity, and the human spirit has been restored and he sets out to make things right with the people around him—the true meaning of Christmas.

Savannah and Sage

Back in 2009, 573 Magazine met an amazing single working mom named Lisa with an adorable set of twin girls, Savannah and Sage. Almost four years old and full of curiosity, the girls had a blast doing a children's fashion editorial, and the following year, they were featured in a Christmas cover story—back when there was such a thing as a cover.

In the magazine editorial, Santa’s Little Helpers, identical twins Sage and Savannah did their first fashion shoot for a children’s custom fashions designer. Baby, it was cold outside! Frosted windows, icicles, and hints of snow conjured up visions of the holiday season – visions like Santa’s elves working feverishly in their North Pole workshop. We shot at the Long-Banta House, located in Potosi. It was built in 1865 by James Long, who was fundamental in establishing one of the first banks in Potosi.

In the story, we learned that Savannah and Sage would just be turning four-years-old at the time of the shoot. They loved to play dress up in grandma's closet, so the modeling gig was right up their alley. And just a few days before the shoot, they took scissors to each of their hair cutting off their long golden locks—it was funny. It was either each other or that poor Barbie.

Savannah was into Snow White and The Little Mermaid. She loved all colors but her favorite was pink. Sage was into unicorns and The Little Mermaid. They are both outdoor girls and loved to help Grandpa feed the cows and their horse, Sugar.

...a sort of twin telepathy.

Their mother, Lisa, tells us they are always finishing each other’s sentences. “It almost seems at times that they can read each other’s mind. It’s fun to sit and watch them; they can play and do activities with very few words.”