For several years now, my wife and daughter and I have celebrated Jolabokaflod, the Icelandic tradition of giving books to each other on Christmas Eve.
The phrase basically translates to Christmas (Jol – think Yule) book (bok) flood (flod), and is pronounced something like YO-la-BO-kka-fludt.
It essentially comes down to giving new books (and perhaps chocolate) to enjoy while together on Christmas Eve.
My family and I certainly don’t need reasons to give each other books, or chocolate, but we’ll happily take advantage of any time it’s full-on de rigueur.
Merry Christmas tomorrow. For today, may your books and companionship bring you warmth and happiness.