It's Iceland's Yule Book Flood. This year I'm copying Icelanders and starting a new tradition by giving my family books to read on Christmas Eve.
On Christmas Eve you'll find most Icelanders relaxing with a book due to their tradition of giving loved ones books to read.
"Jolabokaflod started during World War II, when paper was one of the few things not rationed in Iceland. Because of this, Icelanders gave books as gifts while other commodities were in short supply, turning them into a country of bookaholics to this day." (“Iceland Has a Tradition of Reading Books and Drinking Cocoa on Christmas and Why Didn't We Think of This.” Country Living, Country Living, 19 Mar. 2018, www.countryliving.com/life/a46204/jolabokaflod-iceland-christmas-reading-tradition/.)
It sounds cool, right? I also find it more relaxing than my usual Christmas Eve of sweating all night over a hot stove. The way it goes, I'm told, is you receive a brand new book on Christmas Eve and read it in bed, or curled up on the sofa or your favorite chair, with a cup of hot cocoa. Being that it's eighty degrees in Florida, I'm more likely to have an iced coffee. For me, this sounds like an amazing night.
I think the kiddos will like it too. What do you think? Is this something you're family would like? I'll let you know if it was a success in my next post.
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Merry Christmas to you and yours, and may 2020 be a year of God's promises fulfilled in your life.