The first of 13 “Yule Lads” travelled across Iceland last night filling good children’s shoes with gifts.
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.
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.
There are four children’s books out this season about the Yule lads, sure to help you get into the holiday spirit.
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.