Dawn, Jolabokaflod and A Gift

24 Dec

Dawn on this Christmas Eve morning was very pretty.

Every Christmas Eve, the Icelandic people practice something called ‘jolabokaflod,’ which translates to ‘Christmas book flood. ‘ Jolabokaflod involves giving books as presents on Christmas Eve, so that friends and family can spend the cozy night in curled up with a good story. This is what we have done today, lit the fire and spent the afternoon reading after a heart warming pasty lunch in a rainy garden with our eldest daughter here for a covid-safe Christmas  visit. Oh, how I longed to hug her……

We left Mince  pies on next door’s doorstep with a Guardian Angel to take our love indoors with it.


Posted by on December 24, 2020 in Uncategorized


8 responses to “Dawn, Jolabokaflod and A Gift

  1. snoakes7001

    December 24, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    Jolabokaflod sounds a lovely tradition – and Hamnet is a fabulous book.
    Merry Christmas 🎄

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 25, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      Happy Christmas to you two too. I’m looking forward to starting Hamnet but had to finish The Binding first. Have you read it? Brilliant and spell binding. 🙂

      • nrhatch

        December 27, 2020 at 2:51 pm

        I borrowed both of your book recommendations ~ Hamnet & The Binding. Thanks to both of you!

  2. ladysighs

    December 24, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    The spirit of love and kindness does not vanish just because we can’t celebrate in our traditional way. We have been spoiled with our quick means of travel and communication. We forget that for years many celebrated without family and perhaps never saw them for years.
    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      We celebrate on our own each year as family are always far away and video calls have proved fabulous in the last few years. Sometimes they come at New Year for my birthday but not this year, of course. I hope you are having a lovely day with those you love. 🙂

      • ladysighs

        December 25, 2020 at 4:25 pm

        Just the two of us gathered together. We decided to have pizza.

  3. Judith Butler

    December 24, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Dear Sally, wishing you and your lovely family a wonderful Christmas in the best way you can. Love and best wishes Judith

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 25, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you very much. I hope you are able to have a good Christmas despite all the restrictions and send you very best wishes for 2021. Stay safe, Dear Judith. xx


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