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Storybox Playlist: Stories to Inspire Festiveness

Thanksgiving has just passed and here in the United States. In many countries around the world, the holiday season has begun. Here at Sparkle, we want to help your family get inspired. I've rounded up a few stories from several different series to inspire a season of festivity, community, and giving.

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The Cooper and the Winter Oak ( from the So Many Fairies Series)

An old cooper, or barrel maker, is given a large order for special barrels to be made before Christmas. The barrels are for a wine maker who wants them to be made with “winter white oak” wood. Ordinarily this would not be a problem, but the rareness of the wood, coupled with a sudden and severe snow storm, forces the cooper to make a difficult choice: use his wood for barrels or burn his wood to keep himself warm. Luckily, a quiet oak elf steps in, introducing the cooper to someone who can help.

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Traditions (from the Junkyard Tales Series)

One morning Ben Thompson, clever cat, wakes to the sound of small scuffling feet. What could it be? Turns out it's three small mice, hunting for hidden glass stars. Glass stars? Ben later discovers that hiding colorful glass stars for the mice to find is one of the many holiday traditions in the Junkyard. There's also storytelling and gift-giving, among others! It all sounds great to Ben — he wants to hide stars and tell stories and make gifts! But how can he possibly do it all? Sergeant, the steadfast watchdog, helps Ben realize what is truly important about holiday traditions.

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Twelve Tales of a Tullyport Christmas (from the Twelve Days of Tullyport Christmas Collection)

The twelve stories follow the Tully family - along with other founding members of Tullyport, a colonial town on the Coast of Maine - as they create traditions and celebrations that are unique, delightful, and rich with community connection.

From the Christmas Drum to the Children's Wig Parade to the annual Twelfth Night lighting of the Tullyport Lighthouse, the people of this colonial town bring traditions from their homeland and mix them together into a perfect American tradition.

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Martin & Sylvia's Chistmas Time (form the Martin & Sylvia Christmas Time Collection)

Enjoy these three stories from our Martin & Sylvia series! The stories follow the events that unfold over the weeks before Christmas as the creative brother and sister enjoy their favorite holiday traditions.

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The Christmas Gifts (from the By Thistle By Thimble Series)

A poor father and son who live in a hovel and work all day in order to afford food and necessities both plan their Christmas gifts for each other in secret. But when a flood washes their hard work away, Christmas magic works out the perfect solution.

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Looking for more stories? Just search for Christmas on the website and you'll almost a 100 stories.

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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 attachment parenting, high needs toddlers, crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog Olive and Owl.