Put Some Sparkle into Your Holidays with Audio Advent Calendars!
November 26, 2018
News & Updates
Happy Holiday Season Sparkle Friends!
This December, let us add some "sparkle" to your days, inspiring sweet celebrations, gentle quiet times, and joyful family together-times.
We make it easy with over 100 Sparkle stories for Advent and Christmas. Plus there are crafts, recipes, and projects to go with most of our stories!
What would I do if I were you? Here are my best recommendations for a Sparkle Holiday:
1) Choose from our three Audio Advent Calendars:
An "Audio Advent Calendar" is a collection of 25 stories, one for each day of December, from the first to the twenty-fifth. Each day of Advent, your children can enjoy a fresh story adventure and open a door on the corresponding printable calendar!
We have three Audio Advent Calendars to choose from:
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 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 hours of audio.
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. When Libby describes this to her friends Morgan and Juan Paco, suddenly a new adventure is born: a Good-Deed-a-Day Club! They decide that for every day in December, they will do something nice for someone else. The result is not only pure holiday delight, but also a chance to learn about how others celebrate during this time of year.
Twenty-five stories for December 1 to December 25. Over six hours of audio.
2) Pick a regular, quiet time of day to listen to stories.
Whether you choose an Audio Advent Calendar or simply listen to our huge library of holiday stories, I recommend you create a daily "rhythm" in December. Your children will enjoy looking forward to a regular story time and they will be more peaceful in knowing what to expect.
Note: the stories can often inspire creativity and play, so I recommend finding a regular time that is followed by open-ended playtime.
3) Download the accompanying projects to enjoy each day.
What are the accompanying projects? Oh my goodness, there are so many!
Each image is a little clue to the Advent story for the day. Download and print — to help you count the days to Christmas!
Our lovely Sparkle Stories artists made a beautiful set of printable ornaments to go along with the Martin & Sylvia Audio Advent Calendar. Your kiddos can color one every day to help count the days to Christmas, and then display them for some extra Sparkly holiday cheer.
Sparkle parents requested a little "cheat sheet" for what’s ahead with Martin and Sylvia in the Audio Advent Calendar — so they can be prepared for when their kids get inspired by the stories! You can let the ideas from the stories inspire your own daily activities.
Important Note: This cheat sheet for adults’ eyes only, as discovering the “clue” is a big part of the fun for children.
Each of the 25 little doors hides a clue to the matching story in the Junkyard Tales Audio Advent Calendar — so you can listen and open a door each day from December 1 to 25!
We created printable coloring pages for each of the Junkyard Tales Audio Advent Calendar stories — so your child can listen and color, or get inspired after the story to draw their own ideas!
Each of the 25 little doors hides a clue to the matching story in Libby & Dish's Good-Deed-A-Day Club - so you can listen and open a door each day from December 1 to 25!
4) Would you like more suggestions?
- Add an extra Christmas Sparkle story to your bedtime routine.
- Create some of our favorite crafts for homemade holiday gifts.
- Make a yummy treat using one of our favorite holiday recipes.
- Celebrate the Winter Solstice like Martin & Sylvia do with our Sparkly Tips
- Plan some Advent activities around Martin and Sylvia's Advent stories.
- And there's so much more! Type "Christmas" or "Advent" into the search box on the Sparkle streaming website and you'll find the entire story line-up.
"I'm not yet a subscriber. What's the best way to hear all of the Christmas stories?"
There are two ways to access our Advent & Christmas stories.
Visit the Sparkle Store to purchase and download our Advent and Christmas story collections.
- Subscribe and stream
If you have any questions about any of our holiday content, don't hesitate to ask! We love to help. Just email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author
Lisabeth Sewell McCann
Doer of Many Wonderful and Odd Things (including CEO)
Lisabeth Sewell McCann has worn many hats at Sparkle over the years, from Sparkle Kitchen Blogger to Editorial Director to Doer of All Odd Jobs. Her primary role is as CEO. Lisabeth and David live in Austin, Texas with their two sons.