How to Celebrate the “Icelandic Book Flood” with your family on Christmas Eve.

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I think everyone on the internet is familiar with the Icelandic  jólabókaflóð or the Christmas Book Flood. Since WWII, Icelanders began a tradition born of necessity really, in which they exchange books on Christmas Eve and then spend the remainder of the evening reading at home. Obviously the introvert in me is obsessed with all of this. I’m sure that social media has greatly romanticized and exaggerated this holiday but I’m there for it all the same.

This year we are celebrating jólabókaflóð in our home because it’s literally on my birthday and I said so. I ran the idea past my family and the kids were immediately on board. We decided that each person would buy a book for one other person so everyone is both buying and receiving a book.

Since we are a two kids + two adults situation, I decided that the kids would pick out a book for each other and Dan and I would do the same. I encouraged them to go to a used book store for their purchases but otherwise left them to figure out the rest. Dan and I had to take the kids to a bookstore to shop for each other because apparently 9 and 12 year olds can’t drive.

Because I’m literally obsessed with books, naturally I thought I’d share a few suggestions for the book lovers in your life. It’s not too late to pick up a book and start a Christmas book flood in your home, too.


10 Book Suggestions for Your Book Flood

Books for The Littles

 

Anne of Green Gables: A BabyLit Places Primer because you’ve gotta start them young.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen because it’s one of my all time favorite read alouds.

Books for the Kiddos

 

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild because Kathleen Kelly told us to.

The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta because “interdimensional demon slayer”.

Books for the Teens

 

The Only Pirate At The Party by Lindsey Stirling because she’s a classically trained musician gone rogue with a story to tell.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman because Thor and Loki and also Neil Gaiman.

Books for Mom

 

 

Becoming by Michelle Obama because we all love her, right?

The Dinner List by Rebecca Searle because we all like to plan imaginary dinner parties.

Books for Dad

 

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks because he’s America’s Favorite Dad Type Person.

Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin so he can learn about Targaryen history.


I could go on but I know you’ve got this.

Who else wants to celebrate jólabókaflóð this year?

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