We have been talking a lot about the excesses of the holiday season and how it impacts our kids here and on our Facebook page. Has it left you looking for a new holiday tradition that’s less about presents and more about presence? Maybe this is a year to try Jolabokaflod!
Jolabokaflod is an Icelandic Christmas Eve tradition, and the name means “Yule book flood.” It involves opening gifts of books on Christmas Eve and staying up to read together. Even if Christmas isn’t part of your family’s tradition, it would be easy to adapt this into a winter celebration, perhaps around Winter Solstice or New Year’s Eve. What a great way to spend time together and give a meaningful, special gift that can help stoke a love of reading! And shopping with your kids for book gifts for loved ones you can include in this tradition will be a wonderful way to promote gratitude and learning about others.
Want to find out more about Jolabokaflod and get ways to include your kids? You can read more here, here and here. What books would you recommend our RES PTA community give to loved ones this year? And don’t forget that you can purchase your books for the Jolabokaflod using our Amazon Smile link — just choose Redding Elementary School PTA as your charity!