A Christmas Tale

I’m running around like crazy this morning trying to get everything sorted for my sortie to Wellington at sparrow’s fart tomorrow morning.


Illustration from my friend Simone’s beautiful Christmas children’s book.

I’m holding BlogCamp Wellington on Saturday and I’m really looking forward to catching up with old bloggy friends and make new ones.

If you’re in the area and you want to come along, it’s not too late to grab your ticket. We’re holding two sessions this time so even if you’re really busy on Saturday you might be able to come along for a few hours and make one of the sessions. Head on over to Parents Online NZ to grab your ticket!

So meanwhile VegemiteVix lovers, I’d like to share with you this gorgeous children’s Christmas book written by my very talented friend Simone. She wrote it a few years ago for her children and since then it’s been made into a fab little video and of course a real life, turn-the-pages book.

COVER squareI’ll let Simone take up the story –

“This story was originally written as a gift for my children in Christmas 2011. The idea came to me as I was  pondering how baby Jesus’ arrival on Earth was not at all what any of us humans (in all our wisdom) would have chosen if we wanted to change the world.

I got to wondering what the Angels must have thought of God’s plan – would they have been any less surprised at the idea of the Prince of Heaven being born in a Manger? The story just came to me all of a sudden, and I sat and wrote it down in twenty minutes flat. I had the idea of illustrating it  with photos of my children, turning them into the angels in Photoshop; I printed it and gave it to them on Christmas Eve.

Friends I showed my homemade book to suggested I try to publish it, which I did (self published through Blurb) for the first time last year.In Christmas 2012 I also submitted my story in script form to the creative geniuses at St Pauls in Auckland, who create “Glow – Carols by Glowstick”. Each year they create a film for the event and then share it with the world on YouTube –  They chose my script and made it into a gorgeous little movie clip. After its release, An Unexpected Christmas quickly gained popularity, getting around 200,000 views in the three weeks leading up to Christmas. (We hope that this year it might go completely viral).

This new edition of the book is now available on Amazon and Kindle; I have refined the design and added other “angels” –  gorgeous little ones borrowed from friends and family.  They represent the children of the world, with roots in the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe, as well as my own angels from Downunder. The story still gives me goosebumps. I hope you like it too.”

–Simone Graham Auckland, New Zealand 2013

Of course Simone is also the very lovely blogger behind the popular NZ Mum blog GreatFun4Kids and I met her through a mutual blogging friend even before I left the UK. Hi Henri!!

Have a look at this gorgeous video on Youtube.

You can buy Simone’s book from her website if you’re resident in NZ (but get in fast as they’re selling out) or check out Amazon.


'A Christmas Tale' has 2 comments

  1. November 14, 2013 @ 11:48 am Life of an Expat Parent

    This is brilliant! I always love St Paul’s children’s Christmas play. I’ve seen them in church the last few years. What a great way to tell the best story. xo


    • November 18, 2013 @ 11:40 am vegemitevix

      It is gorgeous isn’t it, and not sickly sweet. Funny, and beautifully illustrated in pictures and words.


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