You may have tried a chocolate or beauty advent calendar, but have you ever thought of a book advent?
Well, The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder is a book that will give you exactly that. The book follows the story of two main characters, Joachim and Elisabet.
“A young boy (Joachim) finds a faded, home-made Advent calendar in a bookshop. A piece of paper falls out of the first window on which is written the first part of an extraordinary story about a small girl (Elisabet) who travels back in time to Bethlehem and the birth of Christ. Meanwhile, the intertwining story of the present unfolds, and the boy finds out about the strange man who made the calendar and about a girl who disappeared on Christmas Eve 40 years ago.” ~Daily Telegraph
The Christmas Mystery is an endearing and compelling Christmas story for children and adults alike. I was first put onto this book a few years ago by friend Rosana (who I travelled to Australia with) and since then have read it every Christmas as my advent. The book starts with December the first and each chapter is a new day of the month, going all the way to the 24th of December. I love the way this book is set out for a chapter a day. I know I’ll be reading this book to my kids one day as their advent. The story is so heart-warming and is an interesting take on telling the story of the birth of Jesus and all that led up to it.
There are also so many great little nuggets of wisdom in the book. One of my favourites is this:
“There are two ways of becoming wise. One way is to travel out into the world and to see as much as possible of God’s creation. The other is to put down roots in one spot and to study everything that happens there in as much detail as you can. The trouble blue is that it’s impossible to do both at the same time.”
Have you ever tried a book advent? What book did you read? If you haven’t tried one would you like to?