Christmas Bedtime Story Advent Calendar - Story Snug

Christmas Bedtime Story Advent Calendar

I had so much fun making my daughter a Christmas Bedtime Story Advent Calendar. Each day during December she will open a door and find a picture of a Christmas story. Most of the stories are picture books but I have also chosen Christmas stories from Teddy Robinson, My Naughty Little Sister and The Moomins.

To make our Christmas Bedtime Story Advent Calendar I downloaded a free template from Twinkl. I chose the Christmas books that I wanted to include then printed out pictures of the covers and stuck them onto the plain card template. (I took photos of the illustrations from the longer stories and I’m going to see if my daughter will guess which books they come from).

Christmas Story Advent Calendar books - Story Snug

The stories that I chose come from our own collection and from the library:

  1. A Christmas Story by Brian Wildsmith
  2. The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  3. Teddy Robinson Meets Father Christmas (from More About Teddy Robinson)
  4. Aliens Love Panta Claus by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort
  5. Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
  6. Is It Christmas Yet? by Jane Chapman
  7. Socks for Santa by Adam and Charlotte Guillain and Lee Wildish
  8. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  9. Jingle Bells by Nick Butterworth
  10. The Fir Tree by Tove Jansson (from Tales from Moominvalley)
  11. Little Grey Rabbit’s Christmas by Alison Uttley and Margaret Tempest
  12. The Nutcracker by Susan Chandler and Kate Leake
  13. The Twelve Days of Christmas illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
  14. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  15. Lucy and Tom’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes
  16. The Fairytale Hairdresser and Father Christmas by Abie Longstaff and Lauren Beard
  17. The Naughtiest Story of All by Dorothy Edwards and Shirley Hughes (from My Naughty Little Sister)
  18. When It Snows by Richard Collingridge
  19. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  20. Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  21. Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr
  22. Katie’s London Christmas by James Mayhew
  23. Refuge by Anne Booth and Sam Usher
  24. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore and Mark Marshall

And here’s the finished Advent Calendar. I thought about asking my daughter to colour the cover but then decided to make her Christmas Bedtime Story Advent Calendar as a surprise!

Christmas Bedtime Story Advent Calendar - Story Snug

Last year I wrapped twenty four books for our book tree advent calendar. I borrowed lots of new Christmas stories from the library and wrapped a mix of English and German books. Every day my daughter opened a parcel and we read the story at bedtime.

Snowy & Christmas Book Advent - Story Snug

Christmas and Snowy (the two little men sitting on our book tree) brought books every day in 2013 and 2014. Not only did they bring books but they created a scene to go with each book. Some of my favourites include Stick Man ( with a stick family made from pipe cleaners), Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree, The Night Before Christmas (they hung their socks up!) and Weihnachtskuchen für Allee (which led to a very messy baking session!).

I very much enjoyed putting together last year’s Advent Calendar on Story Snug. twenty four authors, illustrators and book bloggers told us which books they enjoyed reading at Christmas as well as telling us which book(s) they would like to find under their Christmas Tree. Their wintery choices, many unfamiliar to me, are pinned on our Pinterest board.

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This year’s Story Snug Advent Calendar will be different again but you’ll have to wait until the end of November before I tell you more!

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41 responses to “Christmas Bedtime Story Advent Calendar”

    1. Catherine avatar

      I really enjoyed choosing the books and it was a lot of fun to make 🙂

  1. BookBairn avatar

    What a great post Cath! I love it! I’m going to share my advent post asap – can I link to yours?
    Kim x #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Of course you can link your post to mine. I’m very flattered that you asked and look forward to reading yours 🙂

  2. Kate avatar

    So lovely – look forward to seeing what is in store this year! 🙂 #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thanks Kate. I’m working very hard on Story Snug’s Advent Calendar this week 🙂

  3. Chantelle Hazelden avatar
    Chantelle Hazelden

    See I mentioned this in my post that I wasn’t doing an advent as such but just reading a different Christmas story each day, this will come in handy, thank you. #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s fun to open the doors to discover the book of the day 🙂

  4. Cheryl | Time To Craft avatar

    We make our own advent calendar too. Also used to do a book a day type of advent, when my children were much younger. Why have I never thought to combine the two ideas? Genius. Love that the props that the little elves brought along too. Does bring it to life. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      I absolutely loved doing the Christmas and Snowy Advent Calendars (and the fact that my daughter didn’t know it was really me!). They took a bit of planning but it was well worth it to see the look on her face every morning 🙂

  5. mummy here and here avatar

    I have never heard of this but what a fab idea. Thank you for sharing X. #mmbc

    1. Catherine avatar

      I’ve not seen anybody else do one, it was an idea that I came up with last Christmas. It was really fun opening the doors to see which book we would read 🙂

  6. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) avatar

    I love all the scenes that went with the books – what a brilliant idea. Love your advent calendar idea too – much easier than wrapping all the books! I’ve saved your list as well – it will help give me some inspiration for future Christmassy books to enjoy together 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thanks Louise. Wrapping 24 books took a lot longer than I thought last year! There are so many wonderful Christmas books, some of the ones on your list were unfamiliar to me too.

  7. Sian - The Mama Story avatar

    Oh wow what a fantastic idea! And what lovely books too – we have a few of those, though some lovely ideas for new ones too.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thanks Sian. It was difficult to narrow down the list of which books I wanted to include 🙂

  8. suz avatar

    Great ideas. I’m sure your daughter will enjoy the Christmas reads 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thanks Suz, Some of the books and stories are new to my daughter. I hope she enjoys them too 🙂

  9. Steph avatar

    Some fabulous choices! My son loves reading so much. We have The Jolly Postman book but I didn’t know there was a Christmas version! Will need to add that to my list to buy for our Christmas Eve box x #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      I found it quite difficult buying The Jolly Christmas Postman at Christmas. I tried it for two years running and ended up ordering it in July!I hope that you manage to get a copy 🙂

  10. Acorn Books avatar

    I love this idea, this is the best way to count down to Christmas in my opinion! I hope you and your daughter have fun with it #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I hope we have fun too and by December I will probably have forgotten which book I have stuck behind each door (unless I read this post again)!

  11. Sarah - let them be small avatar

    this is such a good idea – love it x

  12. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    What an amazing idea! Although I am simultaneously gobsmacked and impressed that you put that much work into it! I find wrapping actual Christmas presents hard enough, without adding to the workload!
    I realise we don’t have many Christmas books – just The Grinch really! I always loved The Snowman and Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas as a kid.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I did the colouring and the sticking during my daughter’s dancing class! It actually didn’t take that long once everything was printed out.

  13. Erica Price avatar

    I love your suggestions for children’s stories. I do like to mark the seasons with different books.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you! I’m looking forward to my daughter opening all the doors 🙂

  14. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    This looks fab. So creative. And you’ve mentioned more series that bring back memories of my own childhood reading – Teddy Robinson and My Naughty Little Sister #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you! We never remember to read the Christmas stories from the longer chapter books so it will be good to have a reminder to read them at the right time of year!

  15. Julia avatar

    Thanks so much, Catherine, that’s very kind of you. And yes, I definitely agree re Astrid Lindgren. I’m half German, but based in Wales with my family, so I feel a bit out of touch when it comes to German children’s books, especially more recent ones.

  16. Julia avatar

    Love this idea, and will be following suit. Thank you for sharing! I was wondering: do you have any recommendations for German (non-religious) Christmas books?

    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome Julia! The German recommendation is difficult, I’ve found that many of the stories are translated from English. If any of the stories on Story Snug have been translated from English into German I have tagged them German (although I can’t vouch for the quality of translations). We love Astrid Lindgren and she’s written some lovely Christmas stories (also translated into German!) but I’m struggling to think of any others that we’ve read. I’ll remember this comment and have a look next time we’re in the library.

  17. Emma Perry avatar

    What a gorgeous idea Catherine – I love this. Brilliant way to have plenty of bookish Christmas fun.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s not an idea I’ve seen done before, it just came to me out of the blue! It took a lot less time than wrapping twenty four books too!

  18. Laurel avatar

    I love these! What a brilliant idea and what a lovely personal touch! I hope you keep photos of them for your daughter when she grows up to enjoy the memories even more.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I have photos of every day of Snowy and Christmas’ two Advent Calendars. I hope that my daughter will look back and enjoy the memories 🙂

  19. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    Such lovely choices, I still need to get The Jolly Postman myself!! We’re not doing a book advent this year but have done it in the past, such a great alternative to all the chocolate.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I’m not sure how many more Book Advent Calendars we’ll do but hopefully my daughter will enjoy this one 🙂

  20. BookBairn avatar

    What a brilliant idea Catherine! And might save you on all the wrapping this year! I’m planning on wrapping again this year, BookBairn is too little to get the idea of opening the doors yet but she loves unwrapping. I just hope she will manage to wait for only one per day! Also fabulous selection of books, I need to go through ours but I don’t think we will have many new ones from last year. They will all seem new to BookBairn anyway! x

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you! I had lots of fun making it. I think that a Book Tree Advent Calendar is better for little ones. They can much better understand how many days it is until Christmas with real objects. I love rediscovering our Christmas books every year 🙂