Nicola here with the Wenches’ second blog of the festive season. Every year, for as long as I can remember, one of the special treats of Christmas has been the Book Present. It’s generally understood in this house that if all my Christmas presents are books, that would be an ideal situation. Whilst I heartily endorse the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod – the giving and receiving of new books, and reading them together on Christmas Eve – there is a problem with this happening before Christmas. Once I get my head in a book, it may not come out for several days, with the possibility that I might miss Christmas Day altogether. Which is where the Boxing Day read comes in. Once I’ve been out for a walk, I can dive into the pile that’s waiting for me. The Boxing Day jigsaw is also waiting in the wings. This year I have a great mix of books, as you can see: fiction, a guide to a magnificent 18th century house, and a book of word and phrase definitions, which is the sort of thing I find fascinating. Did you know that the “inexpressibles” referred to by Regency authors when describing gentlemen’s trousers could also be called ineffables, inexplicables and “round-me-houses,” which is less elegant but quite fun.
Did you receive Christmas book gifts? And how do you spend Boxing Day? Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, have a very good day!