I would love to visit Iceland. It’s such a beautiful country, and not only that but it publishes more books per person than any other country in the world. Doesn’t it sound like heaven?
The written word is bound up in oral storytelling, and, like many cultures, the Icelanders told a lot of stories – it’s where we get a lot of Norse mythology from! So it’s really no surprise that Icelanders read a lot. Fun fact: apparently one in 10 Icelanders will publish a book!
During the World Wars, books and other luxuries became scarce, so of course it became more likely that they would be exchanged as Christmas presents. Happily for book lovers everywhere, this tradition has continued all the way to now.
On Christmas Eve, which is when Icelanders open their Christmas presents, as almost every single person on the island will receive a book, they often go to snuggle up in bed with some chocolate and a new story to discover.
To me, this sounds absolutely perfect, and you can bet that whilst I may not be Icelandic or open presents on Christmas Eve, I’ll be snuggling up in bed with a book tonight ❤
Happy Christmas Eve, folks!