A Box of Very Bookish Christmas Gift Guide for 2018
Have you seen the photo doing the rounds on Facebook talking about the gorgeous Icelandic tradition of exchanging books as Christmas Eve presents then reading them and eating chocolate? Is that not a wonderful way to spend Christmas Eve? They call it "Jolabokaflod" (Christmas Book Flood) because, Iceland, which interestingly publishes more books per capita than any other country, sells most of it's books between September - November due to people preparing for Christmas Eve
It got me thinking about family traditions and this is one I'd love to adopt, however, it may need to be a quick read given that another tradition is to go to Christmas Eve Mass and then celebrate my FIL's birthday that also falls on Christmas Eve. Do you have Christmas Eve traditions? Do you like the sound of the Icelandic one?
Some books I recommend to get into the Christmas spirit...
"Dear Santa" loosely edited by Samuel Johnson. It's been created as a fund raiser for the Love Your Sister charity and has letters to Santa from Australian celebrities. (I'm not sponsored to promote this just read it myself and thought the whole thing is just lovely). Make sure you keep this out of reach though of those who still believe as there are a number of firm words to "Santa" in some of the letters. It's a charming, funny and heartwarming read.
For a bit of light, cosy up with chocolate reading Sarah Morgan's "The Christmas Sisters" is a feel good romantic book.
For holiday reading after Christmas when you have some time to think or a great Christmas gift idea. Leigh Sales "An Ordinary Day" is thought provoking & insightful. A gentle probe into how certain people cope after life changing events have happened to them from the Thredbo tragedy, Lindt Cafe Seige to other random events happening to ordinary people on ordinary days.
My Mum suggests "The Land Before Avocado" by Richard Glover - I'm really keen to read this nostalgic look back on Australia before avocado's became a thing & also think this will be my FIL's Christmas Eve / birthday present (I knew I'd find a way to introduce the Icelandic tradition into the family, yassss!).
If you are a part of our A Box Of Bookclub you will know that this months group read has been "The Botanist's Daughter" by Kayte Nunn. It will make for a lovely holiday read, pure escapism in time and place. I was delighted to sell out of our curated Botanist Daughter's book boxes and know that there are many going under tree's this Christmas (Don't forget the Facebook group discussion is this Sunday, 16th Dec night & you can read our exclusive interview with Kayte here too)
Finally, the ultimate bookish gift is, of course, our very own A Box Of Book Subscription Boxes. This really is the gift that keeps on giving long after Christmas (and birthday's and for when you want to say I'm thinking of you too).
All the details and different subscription options can be found here. Sign up by Sunday 16th and we can Express Post the gift certificate to you so that it can be popped under the tree in time for Christmas (Australia only at this stage).
On Monday there'll be a new blog post with the review of the The Botanist's Daughter discussion, announcing the December / January group read, a new reading / listening / viewing list for the silly season and a little bookish challenge for those interested too.
Do you have any favourite Christmas books to recommend? Any holiday reading planned? Do you like the idea of the Icelandic tradition? Do you have a Christmas Eve tradition of your own?