Holiday Book Flood
Date posted: December 14, 2017
Here’s a guest blogpost by Nicole Davies, Decoda’s Administrative Assistant, about a holiday tradition she enjoys. (And, there’s still time to organize this for yourself!)
Each year, on Christmas Eve, I practice the Icelandic tradition of Jólabókaflóð; which translates to “book flood”. For the record, I’m not Icelandic, I just really like this tradition (and their firm belief in elves!).
This adopted yearly custom is basically read books, eat chocolates. Although, there IS a bit more to it I’ve taken the simplistic version, as these two activities are among my favourite things to do.
My tradition leading up to Jólabókaflóð goes a little like this: In the first week of December I head to my local bookstore or library and pick out 2 books (at least!). If I’m heading to the library, it’s usually a bit later as I like to make sure the due date is past the 24th! The first choice is a novel whose world I can immerse myself in for hours on end. Last year I wrapped myself in a wonderful book called All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Set in WWII, the story goes back and forth between 2 different countries with 2 different people, in the same time span and how each of them handles being ripped out of their normal into the world they now live in and how even worlds away people can somehow be connected. If you have not read this book, I suggest you do!
The second book I pick is more visual, think coffee table book. Being a graphic designer, I marvel at the details of fabulous pictures, I go beyond looking at the forefront to see if I can pick up something in the background that is amusing. Or, I like to wonder why they picked that particular photo. I’m a fan of hilarity and humour, vibrant colours and play on words. Typography is my favourite pattern. Last year I picked up Kate Spade New York: Things We Love. It’s a lovely coffee table book that mixes text and images in a delightful to the senses kind of way. Batting back and forth between stylized images and archived candids, it’s a feast for your eyes if you have an interest in the fashion/branding world.
Making a tradition your own while embracing another culture’s as the starting off point is an excellent way to spend some quality time with your family. If you have little ones, the reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas while sipping hot chocolate is a great way to wind down. Or maybe a board game for kids a bit older or giving your teen a favourite book of yours from when you were their age is the way you want to go. There are so many ways to integrate a new type of tradition in a meaningful way. And, sometimes it simply starts with a book.
To find out more about the Icelandic tradition of Jólabókaflóð and their love story with literacy, click here for an excellent link to peruse.
Wishing you all a holiday season of peace, happiness, love & fabulous reads.