My Advent Stories were written for my daughters and son, beginning when my eldest was six and youngest was one. Because of the age and gender difference, I tried to give each story a broad appeal, hopefully making them all suitable for all children, though the stories have become more sophisticated as they have grown up. I decided not to label the stories with age guidelines, as I leave it up to you to choose what you think your children will enjoy. Each comes with a link to a PDF, which you can read, and then print out and use however you like.
Mrs Christmas isn’t as Christmassy as her name suggests, but when she makes friends with a young boy from Australia, they both learn how to appreciate Christmas wherever they are in the world.
The Very Special Christmas Star
A Dickens style story for children. It is the story of a young boy who is an orphan, who has to live with his elderly bachelor uncle. The uncle isn’t a cruel man but he doesn’t really know how to make a young boy feel happy and loved. Then, on Christmas Eve, the boy finds a lost puppy, who carries a special message for the uncle.
The Magic of Carol Singing
Set in a small country market town in 19th Century England, this is the story of two boys who go out carol singing and discover an elderly couple who are ill and need some help. The boys come up with a plan to get everyone in the town to help. (The two boys in this story are the main characters from my novel The Most Beloved Boy. This story for children works on its own, but for anyone who has read the novel, this is a little glimpse into the childhood of Dan and David before all their troubles began.)
The Advent Diary of Amanda Brown Aged 10 years 1 month
A modern day story, with 10 year old Amanda recording the exploits of Advent, which includes dealing with naughty younger twin brothers, annoying boys at school, being good for Father Christmas and hoping to get a big solo in the Christmas Eve church service.
Disaster at the Christmas Pudding Factory
A silly, absurd and fantastic story set in the most implausible Christmas Pudding Factory, which employs everyone in the town. One young worker has plans to make an extra special pudding, with disastrous consequences.
The Carol Singer
A modern day mystery story about a girl who meets a strange boy on the night of the village carol service.
Bunny and Pup’s Big Christmas Adventure
When two little toys are magically brought to life in Father Christmas’s workshop where they have just been made, they are full of curiosity and a desire to have some fun. Their adventures cause all kinds of mishaps, but eventually Bunny and Pup learn all about Christmas and their own important role in it. (Bunny and Pup’s story was a great favourite with my own children, probably because the characters were based on favourite toys of theirs. The real Bunny and Pup still live with us and are still very much loved.)
Elf and Safety
A fun story set in Father Christmas’s Workshop, about the year the elves had a spot of bother with their holly decorations. (This story follows on nicely from Bunny and Pup’s Big Christmas Adventure, as both are set in Father Christmas’s workshop, but both stories work just as well on their own, and can be read in any order.)
A famous choir of Cathedral choristers are busy rehearsing for the Christmas carol concert, but some of the children decide to experiment with a brand new sound. Get ready for a Christmas classic as you’ve never heard it before.
A Shepherd’s Tale
Shepherds and Christmas go together like Christmas pudding and brandy sauce. This story is based on an old legend that the sheep and oxen would kneel at midnight on Christmas Eve in honour of the birth of Jesus. Thomas Hardy wrote a beautiful poem about the legend, called The Oxen, and this is my tribute to it.