GOOD GRAY YULE BOOK FLOOD
The Icelandic tradition of the Yule Book Flood
The Jólabókaflóð, or Yule Book Flood, is a heartwarming Icelandic tradition that stems from the era of World War Two, when, with strict currency and import restrictions, the already literary country turned to books for a popular Christmas gift. With paper being easy and cheap to import, the Icelandic publishers started a tradition of releasing most of the year’s new books in the months before Christmas and, in November, sending a catalog of all the new releases to every Icelandic resident to encourage giving books to friends and family as gifts. In Iceland, Christmas is celebrated with your immediate family on December 24th and usually consists of opening your gifts (often a book), having a festive dinner, and then spending a cozy evening indoors with your family reading your new books while drinking hot chocolate. This tradition evokes such a cozy family oriented feeling it inspired us to start our own Good Gray Yule Book Flood and try to bring this peaceful tradition to Petaluma.
We hope you enjoy this tradition as much as we do,
its one for the books!
Happy Holidays from Laural & Lily
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From Johnny Cash Forever Words “But the trees that I planted. Still are young. The songs I sang. Will still be sung.”
From - A Christmas Memory "It's always the same: A morning arrives in November, and my friend, as though officially inaugurating the Christmas time of year that exhilarates her imagination and fuels the blaze of her heart, announces: 'It's fruitcake weather! Fetch our buggy. Help me find my hat.' "
From A Winter in Taos “The pinons and cedars have little icicles hanging from their tips, and we eat them as we go along, and chew the delicious pine needles. The snow crunches under the horses’ hooves, and it is bright and sparkling and makes one’s eyes ache; but in the shadows, it is a vivid blue.”
From A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver "Not enough is a poor life. But too much is, well, too much.
From - Walking "In short, all good things are wild and free."
From The Best of Archy & Mehitabel “o wot the hell o toujours gai i never had time to fret i danced to whatever tune was played and theres life in the old dame yet”
From - Whitman "Peace is always beautiful"
From - The Bloomsbury Cookbook "Here we are spending a very domestic Christmas. Really I think I shall advertise it. 'Mr. and Mrs. Clive Bell and family at home at Charleston, Christmas 1923 - no one else admitted.' ... I haven't been here at this time since five years ago when Angelica was born. It was very romantic then - the first Christmas of peace and a most lovely moonlit, frosty night. (stop maybe?)
I remember waking up in the early morning after she had been born and hearing the farm-men come up to work singing carols and realizing it was Christmas Day, and it seemed rather extraordinary to have a baby then ----."