Cookies for Santa? Check.
Carrots for Rudolph? Check.
A brand new book and an entire night to read it? Huh?
Bookworms around the world will be jealous of the Icelandic Christmas Eve tradition of gifting books and then devoting the night to reading them.
This tradition is so entrenched that most new book releases in Iceland come out just before Christmastime. It brings the annual Jolabokaflod (Christmas Book Flood) where book catalogs are mailed to residents between September through December — just in time for their annual Christmas Eve tradition of exchanging books as gift-giving!
It sounds like a wonderful tradition, doesn’t it? Imagine exchanging books with your family and friends, and then getting cozy with a blanket on a cold wintry night, sipping hot cocoa, and reading. Now, if that isn’t a Christmas Eve tradition that I should adopt, I don’t know what it is! 🙂
It’s also of interest that Iceland has more writers (one out of every ten people), more books published, and more books read per capita, than any other place in the world!
Do you know of any Literary Holiday Traditions? Leave your thoughts below!