Advent and Christmas Stories – A Treasury of stories, verses and songs


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From Advent and the Twelve Days of Christmas, to the flight into Egypt: Estelle Bryer and Janni Nicol tell their favourite Advent and Christmas stories. Their approach is simple yet profound and draws on their lifelong experience as Waldorf kindergarten educators, puppeteers, and as mothers. These stories will delight young children, and invite parents and teachers to become more confident storytellers.

The Authors

Estelle Bryer taught Waldorf kindergarten and eurythmy for over forty years. She is best known as South Africa’s foremost puppeteer for children, founding the only permanent puppet theatre in South Africa in 1992 and performing to over three quarters of a million children. Her daughter Janni Nicol is a mother, kindergarten educator, advisor and writer on Steiner education and creative play. They hope that you will enjoy sharing these stories, and that they become part of your sustaining family tradition.

“Will help make Christmas a magical time for children” —Sally Jenkinson, author, The Genius of Play

“A rich source of material for parents looking for new ways to celebrate Christmas and Epiphany. It will inspire people everywhere to create a festival that truly encompasses the spirit of Christmas for children, and rekindle wonder” —Winnie Mossman, Kindergarten, Bristol Waldorf School