Present and Activity Ideas for a Quiet Christmas

For many of us, Christmas will be quieter than usual this year, with fewer friends and family members around us. But there is still plenty we can do to embrace this atmospheric time of year and plenty of fun to be had.


Short days bring cosy nights, which are perfect for storytelling. For seasonal stories, Advent and Christmas Stories includes a treasury of verses, stories and songs.

Interested in telling nature stories? Then The Natural Storyteller has stories for telling orally. Using the story maps, you can easily tell the stories without reading and become a family storyteller.

You can find world stories in 147 Traditional Storiesfor children aged 7-12 to retell, and storytelling tips. And it wouldn’t be Christmas without Findus and Pettson and their seasonal fun in Findus at Christmas and Findus and the Christmas Tomte.

Seasonal Nature and Craft

Booksuch as The Children’s Forest offer stories and songs, wild food, recipes, crafts and celebrations for all the year round. Families can enjoy these, with seasonal things to look out for while out walking.

If you have ever wanted to try a new craft but never seem to find the time, now is your moment. Crafting is a great way to either spend time with family or to lose yourself in to counter feelings of anxiety or loneliness.

Making with your hands is a great way of giving children the creative life skills for navigating this age of disruption. We have a wide range of craft books, including Making the Children’s Year, Making Simple Needle Felts, Making Soft Dolls and Making Peg Dolls. Materials supply shop, The Makerss, have hosted many online tutorials this year, that can help you get started and are still available to watch on YouTube.

Lastly, we recently came across the wonderful work of Star in the Apple Stories and their beautiful, seasonal musical storytime, now available to watch online.

For more ideas, visit the storytelling and craft pages at

Review: Findus at Christmas

From the wonderful @thepndmonster, this seasonal review of Findus at Christmas. Originally posted on her blog on the 15/11/2015

Findus at Christmas

We love the Findus series and were thrilled to receive a copy of the festive story Findus at Christmas for review from our friends at Hawthorn Press. The characters Findus the cat and farmer Pettson are now familiar to us, we have a little collection of Findus books and they are firm favourites so we were really excited to discover what Christmas is like for these friends…

The front cover is beautifully enticing and really gives that festive feel making you eager to look inside and Bundle Number One and I certainly were! We settled down to share the story and found Findus and Pettson getting ready for Christmas on the day before Christmas Eve, having left things very late due to the cold weather. The friends set out to shovel snow and then head off up the hillside to gather fir branches for their doorstep, where an unfortunate accident involving a slippery stone and their sled leaves poor Pettson with an injured foot, unable to walk.

Pettson on the sled

With no decorations and empty cupboards, how will the friends manage to enjoy Christmas? Findus is going to have to lend a paw and come up with some ideas…and fast!

Bundle Number One really enjoyed the humour throughout the story, his favourite character is definitely Findus and he delighted in the cat’s attempts at ‘helping’ from the soapy wet kitchen floor to the makeshift decorations, there was plenty of giggling going on as I read! As always we love the illustrations and had fun looking out for the little creatures hiding on each page, this is the sort of book where you notice something new each time you read it and it is a tale to be enjoyed by children and adults alike. 

We would recommend this enchanting book to anyone who enjoys a festive tale full of warmth and fun, the stuff of evenings by the fire with cozy blankets and warm drinks. So go on, tuck a copy of ‘Findus at Christmas’ under your tree and share the warmth with your family :-)

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