While Costco and WalMart have shopping carts of 75% OFF Halloween Clearance, and Christmas music is already playing on 2 of our local radios stations….
… the Bokatidindi has come out in Iceland (Pause here for screams of excitment!!!)
The Bokatidindi is the catalog of EVERY new book published in Iceland. And it is a BIG deal. I’m going to repeat that…..
The Icelandic Publisher’s Association sends a free catalog about books to EVERY home in Iceland.
This is SOOOOOOOO much better than the old Sears (and Roebuck) Christmas catalog we used to moon about and spend hours folding down corners of pages.
Iceland publishes more books per capita than any country in the world…but the majority of the books are sold during 3 months of the year: Sept-Nov.
Thus begins the preparations for the Yule Book Flood where Icelanders exchange books on Christmas eve, then snug up in their favorite homey niche with chocolate and spend the rest of the evening reading.
Dallas Cowboy Fan and I are adopting the tradition. I’ve already started on the chocolates.
Visit with your friends and relatives over Thanksgiving about starting a new tradition. A sane one…Jolabokaflod.
What book would you like to read?
(And Happy Thanksgiving!)