26 Stories of Christmas

26 Stories of Christmas is an occasional project that started in 2011 as an online advent calendar. Design students illustrated 26 original Christmas stories. The stories and pictures were revealed online at the rate of one a day – just like a traditional advent calendar. In 2013 the project raised money for children’s cancer charities, the Teenage Cancer Trust and It’s Good 2 Give. The advent calendar that year featured illustrations by children helped by those charities alongside 26 sestudes by our writers. In 2015, still supporting a children’s charity, it developed further into an exhibition titled 26 Children’s Winters at the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh, running from November 2015 to March 2016. The 2015 online advent calendar featured sestudes inspired by objects in the exhibition. In addition the museum ran a workshop and events programme to engage the public in the project.

Latest 26 images

Disused pub in Hoxton by Andy York
Photo by Lucy Beevor
Image by Tony Linkson
Found on the island of Giglio, Italy by Chris Bird.
26 Screenshot by Lara Muth
I live at number 26, and this is my bin!  Rebecca Thomas
Captured in Venice by Elen Lewis
26-jane
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Spotted by Marin Lee at the Serpentine in Hyde Park
Spotted in Copenhagen by Helen MacKinven.
Spotted on the airfield of Tivat airport in Montenegro by Martin Lee
I took this picture in a fabulous vegan and raw food restaurant in Turin - Ezri Carlebach
Spotted in Capri by Laura Hunter
Woods near Jouqueviel, Midi-Pyrenees, 10 minutes after I had told my walking group about 26. They gave me a funny look. By David Mathews
Image by Ed Pritchard
Image by Lydia Thornley in Krakow
Spotted in Belfast by Jonathan Holt
From Christmas travels in Krakow by Lydia Thornley
Night time lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley
Daytime lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley