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Which Audio Advent Calendar Should I Choose this Year?

2021-11-23
Which Audio Advent Calendar Should I Choose this Year?

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 FIVE audio advent calendars to choose from. Listen to samples from each, and take our fun new quiz to find out which one is right for your family this year!

About the Season of Advent

Although the season of advent has its origins in Christianity, families of any faith tradition can incorporate the meaning of this time of year into their traditions and rituals. During advent, when the days are getting darker and darker, we make time to intentionally spread the light of holiday cheer and goodwill. This often includes traditions and honored pastimes, such as creating and walking a winter spiral or organizing a lantern walk. At the core, advent is about creating a sense of peace and preparation, and spreading light into the darkness.

A traditional advent calendar can be a great way to make time each day to reflect on these intentions. At Sparkle Stories, our audio advent calendars are the perfect way to expand upon that meaning and intention- and to incorporate storytelling and creativity into the tradition.

What is an Audio Advent Calendar?

Our five audio advent calendars are a great way to honor the season! You can listen to a story-a-day for all the days of Advent, starting on December 1st, or enjoy them at your own pace. Be inspired by the crafts, recipes, and activities that the characters engage in during this precious time of patience, gratitude, and possibility!

The characters in each of the five darling collections follow the basic precepts of Advent — which are being patient and watchful. The audio Advent calendar is inclusive to anyone who celebrates Advent, as well as those who are open to the festival as a way of honoring a very magical time of year.

At this time of year, stories can be really very helpful. Audio stories not only to give parents a break from holiday stress, but also to help children uncover a festive, joyful mindset.

Let us bring a little more ease - and sparkle - into your holidays!

How to enjoy them? Here are three ways:

  • Subscribe now and stream ALL of our stories on the Sparkle site. (In fact, you can get started now and enjoy 14 days free using code SPARKLEHOLIDAY.)
  • Purchase and download our story collections from the Sparkle Store.
  • Listen to select stories from each audio Advent Calendar for FREE here.

Which Audio Advent Calendar Should We Choose?

Ready to jump into a gentler, richer and more wonder-filled holiday storying tradition for your family? We’ve got you covered! We have FIVE audio advent calendars to choose from. To help choose which audio advent calendar is best for your family this year, take our fun and easy quiz.

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Our Newest Audio Advent Calendar: It’s a Martian Holiday!

Earth-dwellers have many rich winter holiday traditions, but did you know that Martians have a winter holiday too? Coached by his trusty pet X, Johnny Boy Nebraska —our favorite Earth-based Martian — dives deep into the thrilling details of holidays on Mars, Earth, and the home planets of other Celestials. Who is Dustin Digger and why is he covered with red dust? What kinds of Christmas cookies will Betty Nebraska make next? And what in the world is that sound coming from the Plejarens house? Listen to Johnny Boy’s podcast and join a holiday extravaganza that is out of this world! You can purchase this collection in our Sparkle Stories Store starting December 1st OR enjoy unlimited listening to this collection (and 1400+ more original audios) with a Sparkle Stories Streaming Subscription.

This collection includes free printable postcards!

Available with a Sparkle Stories Streaming Subscription (along with access to 1400+ more original audios).

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Martin & Sylvia’s Audio Advent Calendar

Ages 3+

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.

This collection includes free printable ornaments and a printable Advent Calendar!

Available in our Sparkle Stories Store OR stream the calendar (and 1400+ more original audios) with a Sparkle Stories Streaming Subscription.


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Libby & Dish’s Good-Deed-a-Day Club

Ages 3+

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.

You can purchase this collection in our Sparkle Stories Store OR enjoy unlimited listening to this collection (and 1400+ more original audios) with a Sparkle Stories Streaming Subscription.


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Junkyard Tales Audio Advent Calendar

Ages 4+

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.

Find this darling collection in our Sparkle Stories Store OR enjoy unlimited listening (to Junkyard Tales Audio Advent Calendar PLUS 1400+ more original audios) with a Sparkle Stories Streaming Subscription.


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Castlechanter Fairy Audio Advent Calendar

Ages 5+

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.

Twenty-five stories for December 1-25!

Head over to the Sparkle Stories Store to purchase the Castlechanter Fairy Audio Advent Calendar OR enjoy unlimited listening to this collection (and 1400+ more original audios) with a Sparkle Stories Streaming Subscription.

About the Author

Jessica Pounds

Digital Marketing Director

Jessica is a content creator, writer, strategist, and vintage pyrex collector. She has a passion for facilitating authentic connection, whether that's through her work at Sparkle Stories or her songwriting.

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