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Holiday Time at Sparkle! Collections & Stories for December Celebrations

2020-11-19
Holiday Time at Sparkle! Collections & Stories for December Celebrations

Looking for something different for the holiday? Want to try a gentler, richer and more wonder-filled holiday storying tradition for your family? We’ve got you covered! We have FOUR audio advent calendars and several wonderful holiday story collections for you to explore.

Before we begin, let me announce our newest advent calendar due to release very soon!

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The Castlechanter Fairy Advent Calendar — coming soon!

December — what a sparkling month! Even more so for first-graders Oscar and Aliyah as they begin a mystical journey into the enchanted land of Hillwyn and explore a fairy spiral walk. As the children navigate this magical realm with their fairy friends, they revel in the festive joys of the holiday season — and begin to understand some of the season’s quieter gifts as well.

The Audio Advent Collections!

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Martin & Sylvia Audio Advent Calendar

Follow the 25 magical days of Advent with Martin and Sylvia! From the playhouse to the library, from the Webers' restaurant to the Spunderful Shop, you can spend all of December with the delightful brother and sister as they follow their own Advent adventure.

Twenty-five stories for December 1 to December 25. Over five-and-a-half hours of audio. Includes free printable ornaments!

Ages 3+

Purchase it HERE or Listen on your Sparkle Account HERE

Listen to the first story for free:

December 1: Waiting

December 1: Waiting


TO GO ALONG: A Free Printable Advent Sheet!

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Each image is a little clue to the Martin & Sylvia Advent story for the day. Download and print -- to help you count the days to Christmas!

Download and print the Advent Sheet here.

Download and Print our Martin & Sylvia's Colorable Ornaments for Advent


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Junkyard Tales Audio Advent Calendar

This Christmas, the Junkyard Warden has a challenge he doesn't know how to face – something that could change the Junkyard for good. Sergeant, the steadfast Junkyard watchdog, alerts the other animals and they immediately take it up. “We take care of each other,” they say. “Even though the Warden doesn’t know about us, he still needs our help."

Twenty-five stories for December 1 to December 25. Six-and-a-half hours of audio.

Ages 4+

Purchase it HERE or Listen on your Sparkle Account HERE

Listen to the first story for free:

To Go Along: A FREE Printable Advent Calendar!

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We couldn't resist creating a paper Junkyard Tales Advent Calendar to go with the Audio Advent Calendar! Each of the little doors hides a clue to the matching story in the Junkyard Tales Audio Advent Calendar.

Download and print the 11x17 color printable HERE.

See our Advent Calendar Tutorial for instructions. (Click the link to view.)

Download and Print out the Junkyard Tales Advent Coloring Book HERE.


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Libby & Dish's Good-Deed-A-Day Club

On the first day of December, Libby receives some holiday wisdom from her cat Dish and her neighbor’s dog Chad. They teach her what comes to be known as the “dog trick,” or the powerfully positive effect of doing nice things for others. Suddenly a new adventure is born: a Good-Deed-a-Day Club! Libby and her friends decide that for every day in December, they will do something nice for someone else. The result is both pure holiday delight and chance to learn about how others celebrate during December.

Twenty-five stories for December 1 to December 25. Over six hours hours of audio.

Ages 4+

Purchase it HERE

Listen to the first story for free:

To Go Along: A FREE Printable Advent Calendar!

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To go along with the stories we have a printable calendar and a Parent Cheat Sheet.


Our short Christmas Collections:

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Martin & Sylvia's Christmastime Story Collection

Christmas time is a particularly lovely time in Martin and Sylvia's home! Decorate, celebrate and share the magic along with the clever brother and sister. This collection contains three stories, each of which follow the events before Christmas as the creative brother and sister enjoy their favorite holiday traditions.

Ages 3+

How to enjoy it?

Purchase it HERE or listen to them on your Sparkle Account HERE.


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Martin & Sylvia's Twelve Days of Christmas!

All the presents have been opened and Christmas breakfast is complete. Martin and Sylvia sigh — is all of the fun over? But look! There's one more present hiding in the Christmas tree! It's a gift that can be enjoyed for twelve full days: an old vinyl record called "Twelve Tales of a Tullyport Christmas." Daddy pulls out his childhood record player, and the fun begins.

The twelve stories follow the Tully family — along with other founding members of Tullyport, colonial town on the Coast of Maine — as they create traditions and celebrations that are unique, delightful and rich with community connection. These stories inspire Martin and Sylvia’s family as well as the neighbors and friends they invite — to create a wonderful Christmastide festival together.

Ages 4+

How to enjoy it?

Purchase it HERE or listen to them on your Sparkle Account HERE.


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Old Time Christmas Stories

This collection of stories come from Christmas collections published in the late 19th and early 20th century. Some of the stories may be familiar to you, but likely many of them are completely new. We hope this collection brings you the same sweet nostalgia it brought us when recording them.

Ages 5+

How to enjoy it?

Purchase it HERE.


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About the Author

KC Pagano

Sparkle Stories Media Maven

KC is a full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls. She writes about all kinds of radical goodness, from gardening and cooking with whole foods to crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog The Nettlesome Life.

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