Jolabokaflod, a.k.a Christmas Book Flood, is an Icelandic tradition where books are giving on Christmas Eve and the rest of the evening is spent reading. This sounds like heaven to me.
We had a tradition in our family where mom would use the Christmas money sent by our paternal grandparents for books. Every Christmas, we were guaranteed at least a book or two under the tree. At the time, I don’t think that I properly appreciated it, as I was slow to settle into being a reader. But, now that I am older, wiser (?), and very comfortable with my love for a good book, I really appreciate that tradition.
And, I miss it! Mom would go to Woozles, the independent children’s book store (and store of all things awesome) to find great books for us. The only thing that compared, was the excitement of getting a new colouring book in our stocking each year (Santa was good to us!).
Mom wasn’t the only avid reader and book lover in the family. Dad was the one who introduced me to The Handmaid’s Tale and the one who found a used, but utterly pristine, copy of a childhood favourite the year that I decided to start collecting a few books.
Now, I’m helping my bother pass on a love for good books by buying my niblings books for any and every occasion. One of my favourite things to do is heading over to Audreys Books at lunch to spend a half hour reading kids pictures books (yes, it is awesome having kids to buy books for!).
Whether you like complex themes or quick reads, long novels or pictures, I hope you all get at least one book for Christmas this year.