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Yule Lads

Christmas presents opened.

Presentation on Icelandic Christmas Traditions

Saturday, December 17, Dr. Terry Gunnell, head of folkloristics at the University of Iceland, will give an illustrated presentation in English on the beliefs and traditions of Icelandic Christmas, past and present.

Christmas is Coming

Boy Leaves Shoe in Bus Window

It has long been a tradition in Iceland for children to leave a shoe in the window of their room before Christmas in hopes that the Yule Lads bring them a little present when they come from the mountains, one by one.

Spoon Licker

Spoon Licker Arrives in Town

Spoon Licker (Þvörusleikir in Icelandic), the forth of the Yule Lads, arrives in town today. He is notorious for stealing Þvörur (a type of a wooden spoon with a long handle) to lick.

Skyr Gobbler

First Yule Lads Arrive

The Yule Lads, the Icelandic version of Santa Claus, one of the differences being that there are 13 of them, have started coming down from the mountains one by one to treat well-behaved children to presents.