This year for an early Christmas present, my daughter Shannon and my son-in-law Mike gave me Hingston & Olsen Publishing’s 2019 Short Story Advent Calendar.
This present is as delightful as it sounds and looks. In the box, there are twenty-four short stories labeled from 1 to 24. Each story is sealed, waiting to be broken on the appropriate day by the eager reader. As is described on the Advent Calendar website, “this is a collection of literary, non-religious stories for adults.”
So far my favorites have been “Save-A-Lot” by Anthony Doer; “An Errand in the Country” by Olga Grushin; and “Natural Light” by Kathleen Alcott. In fact, I liked Gushin’s story so well that I have requested her novel The Dream Life of Sukhanov through interlibrary loan, and it might very well be the first book I read in 2020.
Naturally, not all the short stories in the collection have resonated with me, and that is to be expected. But what a treat it is to settle into bed with the story of the day, and this sort of advent calendar is a perfect gift for those who love literary fiction.
Many thanks, Mike and Shannon!
41 thoughts on “A Short Story Advent Calendar”
You are so welcome!! So glad that you are enjoying them! 🙂
Wonderful present! Many thanks!
What a thoughtful gift!
They know me. 😉
What a wonderful present Laurie, this sounds like a fun advent calendar and it’s such a lovely idea to open a new story each day xxx
It sure is!
What a perfect gift for a writer. A+ to the gift givers. (I’m having trouble with WordPress so can’t ‘like’ posts. I thought I had it fixed, but not so much. :-()
So right for you
It certainly is!
How wonderful! What a great idea.
Sound like a wonderful gift. So thoughtful
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Thanks, Sherlene! It really is.
So much better than 24 chocolates. They must have been delighted when they spotted this – they would have known how much you would appreciate it.
What a perfect gift for you! I remember as a child we had a kid’s book of short stories and poems to read daily in anticipation of the BIG day. We loved it. 🙂
A lovely way to mark the days.
What a great idea for an advent calendar… enjoy your stories! 👌😊
Many thanks! I certainly am.
What a thoughtful present. sounds wonderful.
I am enjoying it so much!
What a treat!
It sure is. Also, introducing me to writers that I hadn’t heard of.
This must be a treat! A short story every day!! I would love this.
Quite a treat!
I’ve never heard of such a thing — it’s a wonderful idea, and perfect for you.
It sure is!
It is the perfect gift for you, Laurie! Have a wonderful Christmas season!
Many thanks! Same to you and yours.
One year I received an Advent Calendar that had a different tea for each day. It was fun, and it really expanded my horizons.
Nice! I would love that kind of Advent Calendar, too.
What a thoughtful gift! Twenty-four short stories leave a longer-lasting impression than twenty-four chocolates and some might even improve with a re-telling! Have a very happy Christmas, Laurie!
Many thanks, Clare. Those short stories are a treat.
I’ve never heard of such a thing. What a delightful idea. I’m glad you’re enjoying the stories.
So much fun to have a different story each night.
a wonderful idea!
I’ve enjoyed the Advent Calendar so much.
What a wonderful gift and great idea for the holidays!🙂
What a great idea. I’ve never heard of this style of Advent Calendar before. The ordinary ones, with just a window and a picture, were very much a feature of my childhood.
Mine, too. Quite the treat to read a short story every night in December until Christmas.
I LOVE this! How wonderful!
What a treat it was to read a short story every night in December until Christmas.
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