Yuletide festivities are usually focused on presents, parties, and people. For bookworms, it can be a bit overwhelming. It’s tempting just to slope off somewhere quiet with a good book. But here are a few ideas to share your literary ways with others over Christmas and New Year.
1. Do like the Icelanders do
Iceland publishes the highest number of books per capita. So it’s not surprising that it‘s a Christmas Eve tradition to exchange books with family and friends, then spend the night reading them snuggled up in front of the fire. You don’t even need to buy new books to do this. Why not all choose a favourite book to share with someone else?
2. Have a book-themed Christmas party
Social interaction may be mandatory at this time of year – but that doesn’t mean there’s no chance to get some book goodness in. Throw your own book-based party with as many or as few, people as you like. You could theme it around Christmas books or characters, or go off-piste and make it all about Summer books!
3. Cook a meal inspired by your favourite book
Food and books! They just go together right? There’s plenty of recipes to be found online inspired by your favourite books. How about a tasty glass of Butterbeer from ‘Harry Potter’? Juicy fried chicken and bread rolls from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’? Or luscious spiced hot chocolate from ‘Chocolat’? Aaaand now I’m hungry.
4. Visit somewhere book related
You might not think there’s anything literary related near you – but you’d be surprised. Writers get everywhere, and most parts of the world have been a source of inspiration for a book at some point. An internet search should throw up a few ideas – or have a browse through my “Get inspired’ section. You could visit Charles Dickens birthplace perhaps, the home of Rudyard Kipling, or the spot where George Elliott is buried.
5. Become a storyteller
Give your vocal cords a work-out! Pick a classic Christmas story, gather your family and/or friends and take turns reading it out loud. ‘A Christmas Carol’ is an obvious go too (and it’s pretty short too), but you could also try ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ or ‘The Snow Queen’. If you’re with people for a few nights, you could read a bit each day.
6. Make a book-themed Christmas decorations
No need to buy any more shiny bits of plastic. Unleash your crafty side and create some decorations that will last with your own two fair hands. See what you can re-use around the house, or hit the charity shops to find materials. Your imagination’s the only limit here, so go wild!
7. Build a Christmas tree from books
Save your pennies (and the fir trees) and build a Christmas tree out of books! It’s a free and fun use for your piles and piles of (mostly) well-read tomes.
8. Donate books to a charity shop
It’s hard for a book lover to part with the objects of their affection, but you’ll undoubtedly get more over the festive season. So make some room and donate some of your less-loved tomes so they can find a new home and help out a good cause.
What kind of book-related things do you do over Christmas? Let me know in the comments.