Friday, 2 December 2011

All Things Christmassy

The oldest's school was closed on Wednesday due to the strikes so we took the opportunity to do a bit of Christmas crafting. With a few sheets of coloured card, 2 sheets of stickers, double-sided tape, ribbons and metallic pens, we made some Christmas bookmarks.

So now I don't have to use an old bus ticket while reading my Christmas books. Also, we made them just in time for 1st December when we started reading The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder.

The book is set out in chapters from 1st December until Christmas Day so you can read a chapter per day like an advent calendar (which is what me and my 8 year old are doing). The book is about a boy who finds an old advent calendar and when he opens the first door, a folded piece of paper falls out, telling the first part of a story about a little girl who went missing 40 years ago. Each day he finds a new part to the story.

It sounds like an intresting read we can both enjoy and I'm hoping it will become a new Christmas tradition for us to read it each December.

Another advent-type story is over on Scarlett Bailey's website here. Each day you can open the door of the advent calendar to read an installment of her short story, Santa, Maybe. I've read the first two installments and can't wait for tomorrow.

Another advent theme is happening at One More Page where there will be a Christmas blog each day, including author interviews and giveaways.


  1. Ooh, so many interesting and clever things in your post. I love those bookmarks and the sound of that book too.

  2. It's a children's book but, after one chapter, I'm already intrigued. My eight year old can't wait to read the next chapter tonight.

  3. Thanks so much for the mention :-) I read The Christmas Mystery a long time ago and keep meaning to dig it out and re-read it - it's a lovely book. I love the bookmarks you made too!

  4. Thank you. The kids loved making them.

    Your countdown to Christmas blog posts are great :-)


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