Jolabokaflod, or the “Yule Book Flood,” is an annual event in Iceland where giving a book for Christmas Eve is the norm and spending the evening reading is tradition.
What a wonderful tradition to bring to your own family. It doesn’t have to happen on Christmas Eve. It could be the first Thursday or third Tuesday, just find a date that works for you and start your own family tradition building your family’s library.
Books have always been a tradition in my family. To celebrate the birth of a child, I give a book. Child loses a tooth and the tooth fairy delivers a book to replace the lost tooth. Birthday? A book or two will be given! In fact, i can’t think of a time when I don’t give a book as a gift. It is such a wonderful, meaningful way to help a child build their own library. The book may have another gift with it, but the book, I feel, is the important gift.
For more info on the Yule Book Flood, go visit jolabokaflod.org.