It seems to be a pattern this year, just as I am embarking on blogging about a trip away, life intervenes and the posts stop before they really get started.
Oh well, I hope that my Scotland trip will still appear here, but for now my seasonal offering this year is a tradition from Iceland I have just heard about from litlovers facebook page:
The “Jólabókaflóð” – literally, the Christmas Book Flood. Apparently Icelanders love books perhaps more than any other nation in the world, and every Christmas everyone will find at least one book under their Christmas tree.
Bells ring out at 6.0 pm on Christmas eve and then Icelanders sit down to a formal meal: many listen to the service on the radio even if their families aren’t religious, just because this is the beginning of the Christmas celebrations. Once the meal is over and cleaned up, the gift distribution (or book distribution) begins. In fact, it’s a tradition in Iceland to open the books and spend all Christmas Eve reading and drinking hot chocolate, or better still, to climb into the freshly cleaned sheets of your bed, in your new pyjamas, with your new book plus some chocolate, and spending the night under the covers eating and reading:)
Its interesting that chocolate in some form seems to go hand in hand with reading: clearly I am Icelandic:)
I hope you get some good books this Christmas!