Iceland's Jolabokaflod (book flood) is a Christmas tradition which sounds wonderful, also news to me. Everyone receives a book on Christmas Eve and spends the rest of the night reading. Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country and new books are published only during the Christmas season.
"The Book Flood tradition, according to The Reykjavik Grapevine's Hildur Knutsdottir, dates to World War II, when strict currency restrictions limited the amount of imported giftware in Iceland.
"The restrictions on imported paper were more lenient than on other products, so the book emerged as the Christmas present of choice. And Icelanders have honored the tradition ever since."
This is wondrous. Getting books was my favorite Christmas present in past years but I would never have conceived of an entire country settling down to read on Christmas Eve.