I then asked my father to illustrate the story. The ultimate goal was to combine his illustrations and the story into creating a personal photobook. My father called himself a copycat artist, preferring to reproduce versions of The Group of Seven works. He wasn’t confident or proficient in figure drawing but in this case, he gave it a good college try. His paintings are endearing, and I particularly enjoyed that his pallet was blue and purple, my mother’s favourite colour.
A Magical Christmas Emergency is an example of how we individually or collectively cherish and share our family stories through spoken word, print, and art. These family stories are important as they give us a better understanding and appreciation of our family patterns, struggles, traumas, and accomplishments. We gain empathy for our forefathers, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. It’s great exposing our children to commercially produced books, but what about creating storybooks exclusively with and for our families? Let’s celebrate our family stories!