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The Little Book of the Icelanders at Christmas

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The Little Book of the Icelanders at Christmas by Alda Sigmundsdóttir

Christmas in Iceland is special. Ask any Icelander and they will tell you. It is a time of year when everything pulsates with vibrant activity, and the nation delights in those festive traditions that make them a tribe. Music is all around, friends gather, restaurants are filled with people partaking of festive Yuletide offerings, authors are out and about reading from their new works. Everything pulsates with a vibrant, happy energy. There is even a word for the gleeful excitement one feels when waiting for Christmas—jólaskap, literally “Christmas mood”.

In this book, Alda Sigmundsdóttir invites you on a journey of Iceland’s magical Yuletide season, all the way to New Year’s Eve, and beyond. You will learn about the special foods, traditions and customs that makes Christmas in Iceland so special, and meet a colourful cast of characters that are such an integral part of the Yule. In her inimitable style, and using examples from her own life, Alda gives you not only the modern version of Christmas, but also the historical and cultural background to many of that traditions that are still observed today.

About the Author

Although born in Iceland, Alda grew up in North America, which makes her well placed to examine the quirks of her nation. She claims that even though she speaks her native language fluently, she still feels like an outsider of sorts.


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11 May 2024
New Zealand New Zealand

Icelanders at Christmas

Love this book. I learned a lot about the Christmas traditions of Iceland.

21 November 2023
Dennis E.
United States United States
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I bought this for my friend in Alaska for her birthday because she wants to come to Iceland next year for her 40th birthday in late November and she has heard how special Christmas is for Icelanders. She loves the book.