8 Bookish Things To Do At Christmas

This time of year is usually focused on presents and parties. And if you’re more of an introverted bookworm, it can be a bit overwhelming. But if the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that there’s more to life than stuff. And whilst I’d never argue against disappearing with a book from time to time, why not bring others over to the literary side? Here are a few ways to get everyone involved in all things bookish over Christmas and New Year.

1. Be an Icelander

Did you know that Iceland publishes the highest number of books per capita? So it’s not surprising that it‘s an Icelandic Christmas Eve tradition to swap books with family and friends, and then spend the night reading them – cosy log fire optional. This is a pretty affordable thing to try since you don’t have to buy new books – you could just pick some from what you’ve already got. Everyone has the chance to try something new – and there’s a bit of peace and quiet thrown in too. Bliss!

2. Have a book-themed Christmas do

If you do want to get a bit social, why not do so on your own bookish terms? Throw a get-together with a book theme and invite as many or as few people as you like. It could be based around Christmas books or characters, or maybe summertime books instead for a twist!

3. Cook a meal inspired by your favourite book

Food and books go together like mince pies and sherry. So if you’re handy in the kitchen, you could try cooking a dish or two inspired by your favourite book. There are plenty of book-based recipes online. 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.

You might not think there’s anything literary-related near you but you’d be surprised by what’s out there. Writers get everywhere you see, and most parts of the world have been a source of inspiration for a book at some point. If you’re looking for ideas, have a browse through my “Get inspired’ section. There’s Charles Dicken’s birthplace, the home of Rudyard Kipling, or the place where J.R.R Tolkien is buried.

5. Become a storyteller

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 staying with people for a few days, you could read a bit each evening.

6. Make book-themed Christmas decorations

No need to buy more shiny bits of plastic – it’s better for your pocket and the environment. Instead, unleash your crafty side and create some decorations that will last with your own two fair hands. See what you can reuse around the house, or hit the charity shops to find materials. Your imagination’s the only limit here – Pinterest is a good place to get ideas.

7. Build a Christmas tree from books

Save your pennies (and the trees) and build a Christmas tree out of books! It’s a free and fun way to 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 be honest you’ll probably get a few more over the festive season. So make some room for those newbies and donate some of your less-loved books to a charity so they can find a new home and help out a good cause.

What do you think? What kind of book-related things do you do over Christmas? Please share in the comments.

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