In the story, an elf falls out of a family’s wreath and needs help to get home so he can go back to his job of helping people prepare for Christmas. The story doesn’t really have very much to do with Advent, but it might be a nice way to introduce children to one of its traditions (by which I mean the wreath– if you’re not familiar with Advent I should point out that elves are not traditional!).
We also received a new copy of the chapter book The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas.
We already owned a copy of this book by Madeleine L’Engle. Both are worth a look. The new edition is small, bright, and colorful. The older edition has bigger type and illustrations that make it good for someone around the age of Vicki Austin, the seven-year-old protagonist. In the story, she tells what her family does to get ready for Christmas. She is also busy practicing her role as an angel in the Christmas Pageant and praying that her mother will not be in the hospital for Christmas (due to a new baby).
Some older stories also share the theme of preparing for Christmas. Other books in the library feature (or show you how to make) traditional items like an Advent wreath or Advent calendar:
Christian Crafts for Christmastime by Kathy Ross
Christmas: Count and Celebrate! by Fredrick McKissack
Christmas Fun by Deri Robins
The Donkey’s Dream by Barbara Helen Berger
Santa’s Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki
A Time to Keep: The Tasha Tudor book of Holidays by Tasha Tudor