A Literary Advent Calendar | Christmas Poems, Stories & Essays

A merry Christmas to you all and happy December! We’ve assembled a literary advent calendar for the bookish among you who would rather read holiday short stories, songs, poems, and essays than eat chocolate each day of Advent (although there is also no reason you can’t do both — in fact, eat the chocolate while you read the story).

Bookmark this page, and each day click on a Christmasy bookish surprise. Which is really the best sort of surprise.

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December 2nd

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December 25th

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Alice Burton: Chicagoan and aspiring cryptozoologist Alice Burton has a B.A. in Comparative Literature and is an Archives Assistant with the Frances Willard Historical Society. When not booking or historying, she is singing soprano wherever people will have her. She will watch any documentary on Neanderthals or giant extinct animals, and has a Stockholm Syndrome-like love for Chicago and its winters. Blog: Reading Rambo Twitter: @itsalicetime