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?