By March Twisdale
March Twisdale is one of the movers and shakers of my hometown. Very nice for us introvert types because she gets things rolling then turns them over to someone like me who happily gets behind the ball and keeps up the momentum, while March moves onto the next mossy rock just waiting to become a rolling stone.
Jólabókaflóð is a case in point. March, typical to her nature, is pushing it on her radio program and recruiting people to join the effort. She can even pronounce it! I don't bother--just call it Jotunbookenflugen or Christmas Book Flood, or as my family used to call it, Christmas. Our practice was to read all the books we bought for everybody else just to make sure they were good enough to give away.
Anyway, here's March:
Jólabókaflóð: The Christmas Book Flood
by March Twisdale
"Iceland is said to produce the most books per capita of any country in the world. The average print run there is 2,000 copies for a commercial title, with as much as 60-70% of all books being sold during the Christmas season. Publishers produce a holiday book catalog that goes to every home in the country, and the tradition of giving books for the holidays dates back to the period of austerity following World War II when imports were severely limited. Books were one gift that wouldn’t break the bank."
After all, what's better than a book? They can inspire, heal, entertain, guide, educate, inform, enlighten, and otherwise brighten one's day or one's life...they come in every shape and size and cover every subject a person can care about...they can be shared and re-read and passed on...and, if thick enough, they can even be a doorstop!
Long story short...can you think of a better
Winter Holiday Gift-Giving Tradition
for my island or your community?