Jólabókaflóð, an Icelandic Christmas Eve tradition, is the "Christmas Book Flood," where books are exchanged and enjoyed on Christmas Eve, fostering a culture of reading and literary celebration.

People usually sit together in a cozy environment, reading and discussing books, while sipping a hot beverage like hot chocolate.

Besides being a celebrated Christmas tradition, the Icelandic Book Flood brings with it a number of mental health benefits.

Easy Bibliotherapy 

Personalized book choices serve as therapeutic tools, offering comfort and insight for individual well-being.

Fosters Relaxed Mindfulness

Reading during Jólabókaflóð encourages a mindful escape, promoting relaxation and a break from daily stressors.

Promotes Learning

Engaging in the tradition contributes to ongoing learning, stimulating cognitive function and mental agility.

Enriches Social Bonding

Sharing books with others enhances social connections, fostering a sense of community and mutual enjoyment.

Builds Empathy

Diverse literature exchanged during Jólabókaflóð nurtures empathy, fostering a deeper understanding of varied perspectives and experiences.

Keeping Mental Illness At Bay

Reading books and interacting in a social setting reduces the risk of winter-related psychological issues like seasonal depression, Christmas anxiety, holiday stress and trauma, etc.


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