Jolabokaflod 2021 – 1/20/22

Happy Thursday! As I write this Wednesday night, we already have a two hour delay and are possibly going to have another snow day. It looks like we are starting a winter with a little storm every few days instead of one big snow storm. I am hoping for a real whopper of a storm during the Olympics so I can park myself in front of the tv and soak it all up!

I’m sharing the books I gave and received for Jolabokaflod this year. If you’ve never heard of it, Jolabokaflod is an Icelandic tradition. It translates to English as the Yule book flood. It is a tradition of giving and receiving books on Christmas Eve. It is usually coupled with chocolate and reading the books in a cozy spot. I started giving my family books a few years ago, but our Christmas Eves are a little too busy to participate in the reading in a cozy spot. After dinner, we read The Night Before Christmas and scoot the kids off to bed.

For my mom – Dirt by Bill Buford

For my dad – A Course Called Ireland by Tom Coyne but he already read it so I replaced it with
A Course Called Scotland by Tom Coyne

For my sister – Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

For Jeff – The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

For my brother in law – Where the Deer and the Antelope Play by Nick Offerman

For Jack – Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales – Cold War Correspondent and Major Impossible

For Luke – The Bad Guys in They’re Bee-Hind You by Aaron Blabey and Investigators: Ants in our P.A.N.T.S. By John Patrick Green

For my niece – Bear and Friends board books by Karma Wilson

For me, from Jeff – Christmas at Silver Falls by Jenny Hale and Christmas Card Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Peggy Ehrhart

Jolabokaflod Book Club for my mom, sister, and me – Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown

I love sharing books on Christmas Eve but I have to tell you, it can be quite stressful to pick out the right book for everyone. I was really excited about a lot of these books this year. My mom is a huge reader so finding a book she’s never heard of, hasn’t read, and is excited to read is a tough job, but always worth it. My dad is also pretty tricky. He’s read pretty much every golf book out there, but he loves golf books. So I try to find the magical golf book that he’ll love and hasn’t read yet. Again, always worth it to find one.

Have you ever heard of Jolabokaflod? Does your family take part in the Icelandic tradition? Did you get or give any books recently? I’d love to hear what books you gifted or received. I am setting a goal to read for at least an hour tomorrow if we have a snow day. We’ll see! Have a great day full of sunshine and books!

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4 thoughts on “Jolabokaflod 2021 – 1/20/22

  1. jgalvinwhite says:

    I love this tradition so much. So thoughtful of you to find the right book for everyone. I think I told you that my aunt asked for the boy/mole/fox book 🙂 I always pick the kids each up a book…& thats what Homer gives them 😆

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