This Alternative Christmas Calendar Counts Down Days with Stories

While many classic advent calendars are associated with food, this alternative Christmas calendar will help to keep off the pounds and entertain at the same time.

Rather than surprising people with gifts or small chocolates, the Short Story Advent Calendar features a collection of 24 short stories to be enjoyed day by day until the arrival of Christmas. Each story is individually bound and comes in a slipcase that can be kept and displayed long after the holiday season is over.

While chocolate is an easy crowd-pleasing treat to fill a holiday countdown calendar with, niche advent calendars are being devloped by brands in the hopes of appealing to the specific tastes of adult bibliophiles, craft beer drinkers and tea lovers.