Christmas stories have always been a big part of Christmas for me. When I was little, I used to love reading funny stories about Santa getting stuck in the chimney, or losing his way, or running out of presents. All those little ‘Santa’s little mishap’ type stories were great fun.
I would read the same Christmas stories every year. I remember those little tales made me feel all cosy and Christmassy though I did used to pray nothing would happen to the real Santa!
CHRISTMAS IN BALLYYAHOO
So with those memories I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed writing my own Christmas Story. Where else could I set it, apart from Ballyyahoo? And what else could I call it, but ‘Christmas in Ballyyahoo?’ To read a synopsis of Christmas in Ballyyahoo click here.
COSY AND CHRISTMASSY
I wanted it to be as funny and as cosy and as Christmassy as could be, and I wanted it be easy to read aloud, so all the family could enjoy it.
I know all you great parents out there read aloud and put on funny voices for the kids and I wanted to make sure the story ‘performed’ well. So, I spent a lot of time putting on funny voices myself, my poor husband began to worry if I developing multiple personalities.
By the time the writing process, and the funny voice process was finished I was really looking forward to getting Christmas in Ballyyahoo on the (virtual) bookshelves in time for Christmas.
SANTA’S LITTLE MISHAPS
My plan was to have it on sale from the 1st December. But, more fool me, I hadn’t allowed for Santa’s little mishaps and these caused every stage of the process to be delayed. I was worried sick and I began to think the story wasn’t going to be ready until Christmas 2014!
Still, like all good Christmas stories this one has a happy ending. Santa blew the dark clouds away and I am happy to say the book is now available on Amazon.
I hope Christmas in Ballyyahoo makes you laugh, but above all I hope it makes you feel as Christmassy and cosy as I do now.
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