Christmas Book Flood

Photo of a book wrapped in black paper with white deer

I listened to an episode of the Scotland Outdoors podcast over the weekend where they had a segment on Jolabokaflod, the Christmas Book Flood in Iceland.

This tradition, which started during World War II, includes the exchanging of books on Christmas Eve. The idea of people across the country curling up with a new book and a hot drink to stave off the darkness of the winter night brings joy to my heart.

I’ve been impatiently waiting to unwrap this book gifted to me by my sister, since Christmas morning is when we normally open gifts. But this year, I think I’m going to join Iceland in opening my book on Christmas Eve. That way, I’ll welcome Christmas morning with an extra wide smile.

How about you? Are there any new traditions you’re giving a try this year?