Jolabokaflod- The Norwegian Christmas Tradition of book giving


New traditions at Christmas

My husband and I have a few traditions that we like to implement at Christmastime. However we decided it was important for our family to create our own traditions and memories to add to them. When I read of Jolabokaflod the Norwegian book giving tradition on Christmas Eve on the Treehugger website I knew it was for us! Another great website if you want to know a bit more about the history of Jolabokaflod can be found on the 'read it forward website' which is fantastically informative.

Books,books and more books!

I was actually really disappointed the first time I heard about this tradition... purely because it was too late to organize it for last Christmas! At least it has given me a full year to prepare for this Christmas.Giving me plenty of time to decide which books would be suitable. I only had 3 books to buy.

1 for my 40 something husband

1 for my 13 year old son and

1 for my 8 year old daughter.

Easy right??? Hmm not so much! You see my husband and son are not what you would call avid readers, so their books needed to engage them. Whereas my daughter is a voracious reader owning possibly more books than our local library!

A Christmas-sy read

Daughter first then. Although she finds these books easy to read I just couldn't resist 'My Naughty Little Puppy' Christmas book by Holly Webb. This is not a new book, it was handed down from my niece, as were the others in the series that my daughter enjoyed so much.

I enjoy giving new and old books alike. Charity Shops, second hand bookshops, independents and online stores all benefit from my book buying addiction. When I find a book for someone that I know is perfect, it doesn't matter whether it has been read previously.

In fact I believe a used book holds more stories than the one written inside.

trio unwrapped

Books for the Boys

I wanted to find a book and indeed genre that would engage my teenage son. So I searched Pinterest for inspiration. This led me to Reading Challenge:100 Classics to read in a Lifetime .

Here I also found a book for my husband (I'll just have to stop him reading this blog or it will spoil the surprise!)



I have never read 'A Wrinkle In Time' by Madeleine L'Engle but it sounds fascinating. I am looking forward to finding out about the astral travellers Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which with my son... once read I may very well post a review blog in the new year.

I had however heard of and read 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell. Speaking generally to my husband I managed to find out that he had only read '1984' by Orwell. Having thoroughly enjoyed the book myself I decided he really should read it. I purchased both of these books off Amazon purely because they were quite specific and I needed them quickly so that I could wrap them up...

I also got the idea for wrapping them up like snowmen off Pinterest and I am very pleased with how they have turned out. Let me know what you think by commenting or even subscribing to my blog at

I sincerely hope you have enjoyed this post and consider making it one of your own family traditions too!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

Derbyshire Duckie!

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