This year I really, really will try and keep up my Advent reading, and I’ll start by beginning to read on the 1st of December. About now, in fact.

I have this book by Jostein Gaarder called The Christmas Mystery, which is a literary Advent calendar. It’s about an Advent calendar, but also in the form of one, with a chapter a day until Christmas. As it’s Norwegian it finishes on Christmas Eve.

I bought this book many years ago, intending to read it to (then small) Son every night. I got it in Swedish, thinking that it would also be good language practice on a daily basis. We never got far. The reason for this is long forgotten.

Then a few years ago, someone gave me the English version of the book, saying I should read it throughout December, but it was already well into that month, so I didn’t. Last year Daughter read it every day, and this year finally, maybe the witch will do it. I hate to admit this, but I find the English translation improves the book. I shouldn’t be such a purist, as both books are translated. But I sort of believed the Swedish would be closer to Christmas and all that.

Does anyone else have good suggestions for “leading-up-to-Christmas” books?


6 responses to “Advent

  1. Another Advent calendar story is Cornelia Funke’s delightful Hinter verzauberten Fenstern, which doesn’t seem to be available in English yet (but maybe Swedish??), which my daughter has adored since her class read it together way back in grade 4, and which she ritually rereads every December. But Funke’s When Santa Fell to Earth is available now, though I haven’t read it myself.

  2. Would that be something like Behind Bewitched Windows??? My German is rusty. If it’s for younger children, would it be a shorter and easier read than I’d expect from Funke? (What I’m saying is; can an idiot like me manage the German?)

  3. It’s for age 8 and above, not particularly taxing but a lovely read. Here’s the link:

  4. Thanks, we might try that. Now I just need to work out if there’s anything else I need from Some more Roger Whittaker, perhaps.

  5. For those of you who have a child who loves Judy Moody and her brother Stink, Megan McDonald has brought out a Christmas story featuring her characters – ‘Judy Moody and Stink: The Holly Jolliday’. It arrived here on Friday and has already been read twice. It is very funny on the multicultural school Christmas production (one year at our school something was lost in translation and all the Lithuanian kids who were meant to be shepherds turned up in police uniform, and there was another year when it was decided to celebrate Eid, Diwali and Christmas in the same show. Very confusing for the adults, but the kids handled it with aplomb). From what has been written here wish they’d translate the Cornelia Funke as my boys loved Inkheart (can’t wait for the film) and Dragonrider.

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