Humphrey’s First Christmas

Author & Illustrator:  Carol Heyer

Humphrey’s First Christmas is a must for every home library.  Just trust us – you don’t even need to read the rest of this post, just go directly to the bottom and order this book.  It’s a keeper.

Heritage 2 Legacy

This month we invite you to use Carol Heyer’s book as a prompt to share a story about a Christmas memory from your past.  Do you remember a special gift (one you received or gave)?  Were you ever in a Christmas program – if so, what part did you play?  Perhaps your family had a special tradition.  

If you are participating in H2L, then use Humphrey.., or another book you have chosen, as a prompt to launch a personal story.  Don’t feel as though you have to share all of your Christmas memories; leave another memory-moment for next year’s storytelling H2L.

Now back to Humphrey’s First Christmas.

Have you ever felt unappreciated? Overlooked? If so, you are bound to be a little grumpy and out-of-sorts.  You need to meet Humphrey.  He is a burden-bearing camel on a long journey, who has lost his precious carpet blanket along this tedious caravan route.  To make matters worse, no one seems concerned.  Will Humphrey ever find joy?

Carrying one of the three wise men who are bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the baby Jesus, one would think that Humphrey would be full of joy.  Instead, this regal beast of kings is grumpy, grumbling and disgruntled!  Why, he’s even complaining about his name, thinking –

Most Beauteous and
Exalted King of All
should be my name…
And to make matters worse, Humphrey has lost his dearest possession.  Humphrey’s antics to retrieve his treasure may bring smiles to the reader, but as he kneels before the manger, this disgruntled camel himself begins to smile.  What gift could he possibly give to the ONE who truly is

Most Beauteous and
Exalted King of All…

This beautifully written story, along with its gorgeous, yet whimsical artwork will clearly lead readers to an understanding of the first Christmas.

Don’t miss our 2014 PODCAST with author and illustrator
(and Fireflies’ friend), Carol Heyer.


How can you not fall in love with this face?


H2L: Mary Byrne Kline

Here’s my ‘simple memory’ of a family tradition from my childhood prompted  from this month’s H2L book.  After I read Humphrey’s First Christmas (one of my favorite Christmas books) I will share the following with my grandchildren.
What memory will you share?


Mary Byrne Kline (center) and her sisters

My parents loved dressing me and my sisters alike and having our pictures taken every year. And although I may have been an adorable looking child,  my personality was quite a bit like Humphrey’s – I could be pretty grumpy and ornery. Just as my sweet mother had the three of us arranged perfectly on a bench by the tree, the photographer gasped, and said, “Perhaps we should just take a picture of two of your daughters.” Mother glared at me upon seeing that I had removed an ornament off the tree, stuck it in my mouth and was sitting with it bulging from my cheeks. It’s a wonder a picture was ever taken. So, just as Humphrey found what he needed, I too was given love and forgiveness. Isn’t that what Christmas should be about after all?



We hope you are inspired to save and share your own personal family stories.  More Heritage 2 Legacy information HERE.


  1. Gil Moegerle says:

    It was so interesting interviewing the creative Carol Heyer for our new Fireflies podcast about Humphrey. Carol described the backstory of this grumpy, lovable camel, told how her parents cultivated her interest in drawing and offered tips for nourishing the creativity of our children and grandchildren. Listen in.

  2. Deni Corbett says:

    This is a must for everyone’s home Christmas library. We first reviewed it last year, and I’m guessing will keep reviewing it until all our readers buy a copy! 😉

  3. Thank you Mary for such a lovely review of my picture book HUMPHREY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS! He is a goofy guy with a heart of gold. If you have the time, there are more pictures of Humphrey on his page at: Merry Christmas to you and your family. ~ Carol

  4. LOVE this book!

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