Meet Simone Graham, a blogger mom from New Zealand.
“In 2011, I wrote a Christmas story for my children. It just came to me all of a sudden, and I wrote it down in 20 minutes flat. 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 of our wisdom) would have chosen if we wanted to change the world.
I wondered 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?
I illustrated it with photos of my children, turning them into the angels with 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.
After its release, An Unexpected Christmas quickly gained popularity, getting around 200,000 views in the three weeks leading up to Christmas.
This new published addition 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 give me goosebumps.” Simone Graham, Auckland, New Zealand 2013
We understand, Simone. We have goosebumps every time we read the book.
And every time we view the video we think of a cute Mommy Kiwi blogger who God brought into our lives.