Good morning! Yesterday I posted about my favorite Christmas memories and traditions, just thinking about them leaves with a smile on my face. Although it is not specifically a family tradition one of the things that we often give one another for Christmas is books.
|The Year of Wonder|
Everyone in my family is a voracious reader and one of our favorite things to do is to read together. We make our beverage of choice and then all sit together either in the living room with the light of the glowing Christmas tree or we jump into bed under a pile of down comforters and read together. My husband actually finds this to be a strange custom(not the reading but the congregating in bed) but it is something that we have done since we were little kids. Often times my husband will come upstairs to my room at my mom’s and my sister and I will be sitting in bed reading(sometimes we share a book), laughing and talking. Then a little while later my other sister will come in and sit on the end of the bed and then my niece will arrive and so on and so on until there are about 6 people and a couple of pups crammed in the bed, a few people standing and maybe one on the floor.
|The Woman Who Kept Everything|
A few weeks ago my younger sister sent me an article on Jolabokaflod, pronounced yo-la-bok-a-flot,which for those who don’t know is the annual flood of new books and Icelandic tradition of exchanging books with loved ones on Christmas Eve. The “Book Flood” tradition dates back to World War II when foreign imports were restricted and paper was cheap so books became the predominant gift to give.
Every year at the start of the holiday season, my mailbox in inundated with gift catalogs, one year I stacked them up and the pile reached above my kneecaps. In Iceland the holiday season starts with the delivery of the Bokatindindi, a catalog of all of the newest book releases from the Icelandic Publishers Association, delivered to every household in Iceland.
|Design & Style|
Here is an interesting factoid: Iceland publishes more books per person than any place in the world and most of these books are sold between September and December. Who knew?
I think this is the perfect tradition to adopt for Christmas. It is a wonderful way to introduce children to a love of books and to continue to foster the love through their entire lives. You can share an old favorite, or a classic piece of literature, maybe even your favorite cookbook(the Kindle book is on sale for $2.99), or perhaps introduce your family and friends to something new.
Do you give books for Christmas gifts? If so please share a few of the ones that you will be giving this year. If not, do you think this might be a tradition that you would enjoy?
Have a wonderful day!
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