Most of us long to experience Paradise on earth. Women who read do. Whoever said that you can't take it with you obviously never read a good book. For everything you've ever read, loved, and remembered is now a part of your consciousness. What is once cherished can never perish. (Sara Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance)
Upon further Googling, I came across this article that says not only are the Icelandic people prolific writers, but they prefer physical books vs. e-books. I realize that this is a personal preference, but I'm in agreement that there is something really cozy about snuggling up in bed with a brand new book, that paper smell wafting out as your crack it open.
I love the tradition of books at Christmastime. While it may not have been an established practice, a book was almost always one of my gifts. I can remember many a Christmas when, after the presents were opened and everyone settled in to drink eggnog to Christmas music playing on the radio, settling in with one of my presents and reading the day away.
One such time was when I was home on college break. I received a copy of E.B. White's children's novel, The Trumpet of the Swan. It was such a treat to discover something new by one of my favorite authors whom I credit with my earliest love of reading.
My husband knows how much I love opening up a brand new book, and that a new book is the best present ever. He rarely disappoints.
Christmas and books. Two of my favorite things. I think the people in Iceland have it just right.