Season greetings from Your Friends At The Reykjavík Grapevine!
To quote our ‘Encyclopaedia of Icelandic Holidays‘: “December 24th, Aðfangadagur, is the day Icelanders celebrate Christmas. The first half of the day usually goes towards finishing off all of the last minute preparations, making food, wrapping presents, bathing and putting on nice clothes. Children are often occupied by the television set, as most stations broadcast a non-stop programme of cartoons through the day.”
Six o’ clock marks the official start of Christmas in Iceland (see our guide to conducting Icelandic Christmas for more info on why that is), and this is when most households sit down to enjoy a pleasant holiday meal. After dinner, most people commence opening their presents. They then hang out and indulge until bedtime.”
Dearest Grapevine readers near and far! We hope you are in good spirits with good people; that you get to eat lots of food and that you are able to relax like we know you deserve to.