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International Winter Holiday Celebrations - Jólabókaflóð
Posted on Dec 14th, 2020

Iceland is known more for its dramatic landscapes and beautiful waterfalls, but did you also know that they are huge fans of books and writing? In fact, 1 in 10 residents of Iceland will have a book published in their lifetime. To that end, let's take a look at their unique holiday tradition of Jólabókaflóð (Yule Book Flood).

Jólabókaflóð (yo-la-bok-a-flot) started during WWII when international trade was limited, but paper was cheap. Due to their smaller population, it wasn't sustainable to maintain a year-round printing operation. So, publishers flooded the market with books during the final weeks of the year.

From that point on, the tradition of exchanging books on Christmas Eve and then spending the evening reading is becoming a cultural phenomenon.

For this fun and unique tradition, there are several ways to celebrate. Here are a few suggestions for fun activities:
- Host a white elephant exchange using books as gifts
- Gather books you no longer read and donate them to schools
or libraries
- Give your favorite books to your friend and neighbors
- Create a list of your favorite books to give as gifts

Do you have a favorite book-related tradition? What are some of your favorite books?
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