THE ICELANDIC YULE LADS: WE HAVE 13 SANTAS 🎅🏻
Our Yule lads are brothers that originally came from the mountains to harass people. Today they are nicer and children will leave their shoes on their window sill for the 13 nights before Christmas. If you've been good you'll receive a small treat but if you've been bad you'll receive a raw potato in your shoe.
- •Stekkjastaur - Sheep-Cote Clod (December 12th)Harasses sheep, impaired by his stiff peg-legs
- •Giljagaur - Gully Gawk (December 13th)Hides in gullies, waiting for an opportunity to sneak into the cowshed and steal milk.
- •Stúfur - Stubby (December 14th)Abnormally short. Steals pans to eat the crust left on them.
- •Þvörusleikir - Spoon-Licker (December 15th)Steals Þvörur (a type of wooden spoon) to lick. Is extremely thin due to malnutrition.
- •Pottasleikir - Pot-licker (December 16th)Steals leftovers from pots
- •Askasleikir - Bowl-Licker (December 17th)Hides under beds, waiting for someone to put down their 'askur' (a type of bowl), which he then steals.
- •Hurðaskellir - Door-Slammer (December 18th)Likes to slam doors, especially during the night
- •Skyrgámur - Skyr-Gobbler (December 19th)A Yule Lad with an affinity for Skyr.
- •Bjúgnakrækir - Sausage-Swiper (December 20th)Would hide in the rafters and snatch sausages that were being smoked.
- •Gluggagægir - Window Peeper (December 21st)A voyeur who would look through the windows in search of things to steal.
- •Gáttaþefur - Doorway-Sniffer (December 22nd)Has an abnormally large nose and acute sense of smell which he uses to locate food.
- •Ketkrókur - Meat-Hook (December 23rd)Uses a hook to steal meat.
- •Kertasníkir - Candle-Stealer (December 24th)Follows children in order to steal their candles (which were made out of tallow and thus edible). Today you leave him a candle in your shoe.
- •Other members of the family.
- •Grýla, their motherWill abduct and eat misbehaving children.
- •Leppalúði, Grýla's husbandIs just lazy, not really evil.
- •The Yuletide CatGrýla's pet cat, that eats children who do not receive new clothes at Christmas.