View on Iceland: Books, Christmas and Football

Photo: Skapti Hallgrímsson

Once you’ve finished browsing Iceland Monitor’s wide selection of news, events and features, you might like to have a look at some other Iceland-related material from around the world that we shall be collecting for you weekly.

1. ‘The beautiful Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve’ – Treehugger

An interesting account of the Icelandic ‘tradition’ of gifting each other books for Christmas and the general appreciation of writing and literature among locals. Discover also what we mean when we talk about the ‘Christmas book flood’...

Read The beautiful Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve, Katherine Martinko

Photo: Þórður Arnar Þórðarson

2. ‘Inside Icelandic Christmas: From yule lads to the Christmas cat’ – CBC News

A handy description of what makes an Icelandic Christmas, seen from the perspective of ‘New Icelanders’ resident in Canada. What are the differences in food and decoration at Christmas time and who or what are the yule lads?

Read Inside Icelandic Christmas: From yule lads to the Christmas cat, by Kelly Malone

Photo: Iceland Monitor/Eggert Jóhannesson

3. ‘India inspired by Iceland in grassroots expansion’ – Euronews

Read how Dutchman Piet Hubers is tackling the task of developing grass-roots football in India – a nation more known for its prowess on the cricket pitch – by following the example of Iceland’s phenomenally successful national team.

Read India inspired by Iceland in grassroots expansion, by Brian Homewood

Photo: Skapti Hallgrímsson

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