SSoP Podcast: A Mini-Episode to Wish You Holiday Cheer and a Happy New Year

SSoP Podcast: A Mini-Episode to Wish You Holiday Cheer and a Happy New Year

Monday, 21 December, 2020

We are currently snuggled into our flat with our cat Smudge, a holiday playlist that lasts 12 hours with no repeats, cozy flannel pajamas, and more cookies than two people can possibly eat. We are officially ready for Christmas.

In this mini-episode of our show, we talk about holiday traditions from around the world that we’ve added to our own celebrations… Our favorite Christmas cookies! The world’s friendliest nutcracker collection! The Icelandic book party called Jólabókaflóðið! Lasagna!

Then we share one of our favorite poems, a celebration of the winter solstice by British poet Sarah Cooper.

May your holidays be merry and bright (and sparkly and bookish and cozy).

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The island nation of Iceland has much to recommend it: breathtaking scenery, the creamiest yogurt, friendly inhabitants, amazing seafood, and a charming holiday tradition: the Christmas Book Flood called Jólabókaflóðið.
Russian Teacakes are like butter bombs of happiness. The original recipe in this classic cookbook is the hands-down, best-ever holiday cookie. If you've never tried these fluffy white puffs of joy, now is the time.
Holiday choice: A charming coming-of-age story in snowy Philadelphia, or eerie stories starring Krampus, the Christmas-y demon who drags bad children to the underworld. Or both! 'Cause what good is nice without naughty?!
The shortest day, the longest night, the transition to deep midwinter — the winter solstice is a powerful date on the calendar. This moving poem by British author Susan Cooper captures its magic. Welcome, Yule!
It's just four days until Christmas, and it's Manny's last night working at the Red Lobster that's the center of his life. This quiet story is vast in its emotional scope and sense of place — sweet, sad, and dignified.

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