Last year I read about Iceland’s Christmas Book Flood, and I knew that had to be a part of my family’s new Christmas traditions. (It is so popular in Iceland that this event actually dictates their publishing schedules!) Families gift each other books on December 24 and then spend all night reading their new books.
As lovers of books, we have adopted this into our own tradition, too. Each year my husband and I star a book on our Christmas lists and the other gets it and wraps it for Christmas Eve. We pick out a book that we think our daughters will enjoy reading before bed, too.
On Christmas Eve, instead of unwrapping the typical pajama gift, we unwrap books and sit by our fireplace drinking hot cocoa (or wine). We have a quiet evening reading our books before the hectic Christmas Day schedule begins the following morning.