Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Advent - 5th December

One of the books which goes out on loan every year at this time is Jostein Gaarder's The Christmas Mystery. 

Written for children but equally enjoyed by adults this magical Christmas tale weaves together the double narrative of  Norwegian boy Joachim's preparations for Christmas, and the story he discovers inside a very special advent calendar. 

We'd love to hear how other folk mark the period of advent - share your family traditions and book suggestions in the comments below.


  1. Orkney Archive are loving your advent calendar Stromness! We have our Christmas Decorations up in the searchroom and are now looking forward to Christmas. x

  2. I love this advent idea, so delightfully Christmassy!

  3. Thank you both. We are thinking about putting up our decorations, but it does involve a trip into the attic and wrestling the Christmas tree down the perilously steep stairs. So before we get our safty harness on, we are preparing ourselves by putting the kettle on and raiding the tin of Christmas sweeties under the issue desk :-)

  4. What a wonderful idea. We have been consuming pies. (Far, far away from the archives of course and they were very small ones.)


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