December Book Club: A Very Scandinavian Christmas

Nordiska’s Book Club

To all of you who are new, welcome! Nordiska has launched its own book club for fellow Nordic reading enthusiasts to connect and be in community with one another virtually. We invite you to expand your Nordic reading repertoire and discuss a variety of written works with us the last Thursday of each month.

To returners, welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed last month’s exploration into the history of the aurora borealis. This December we will be switching gears and reading Nordic holiday stories old and new.

December’s Pick: A Very Scandinavian Christmas

To get into the holiday spirit, we will be reading and discussing A Very Scandinavian Christmas : The Greatest Nordic Holiday Stories of All Time. The fourth installment of the Very Christmas series by New Vessel Press, this collection of Nordic stories features some old familiar names in Scandinavian literature like Hans Christian Anderson as well as more contemporary authors like Karl Ove Knausgård.

These Nordic tales–coming from the very region where so much of traditional Christmas imagery originates–convey a festive and contemplative spirit laden with lingonberries, elks, gnomes, Sami trolls, candles, church spires, gingerbread, and aquavit in abundance. A smorgasbord of unexpected literary gifts that make up a vibrant, elegant hardcover volume sure to provide plenty of pleasure and hygge, that specifically Scandinavian blend of coziness and contentment (Good Reads 2019).

During the long polar nights in northern Scandinavia or in the dark evenings here in the US this time of year, enjoying indoor activities like reading with plenty of light and warmth is essential. To take a break from an oftentimes hectic December schedule, I’d recommend cozying up Scandi-style with this diverse assortment of short stories under a blanket with a warm beverage in hand. Hope you enjoy this month’s festive pick and join us for our club meeting discussion!

Virtual Book Club Meeting Information

We will be meeting to discuss A Very Scandinavian Christmas on Thursday, December 30th at 6:00pm PST via Zoom. You can find the Zoom invitation link here to register for the meeting ahead of time and/or keep a look out on our social media sites for an invitation.

You can purchase your copy of A Very Scandinavian Christmas on Nordiska’s website by following this link, or come and visit us in store in downtown Poulsbo.

**Please note shipping delivery dates may be affected by holiday mail volume so you may want to order sooner rather than later from our online store. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

PC: Kristin Klassert

Published by nordiskapoulsbo

I write for, edit and maintain this blog about celebrating and being inspired by Scandinavian cultures for the Nordiska store in Poulsbo, WA.

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