|Santa Claus of Iceland
The Icelandic Yule Lads, Christmas boys or Yulemen
Christmas in Iceland
and the Icelandic Yule Lads, the Icelandic Santa Claus
In Iceland there are 13 santas in icelandic it said "Jolasveinar" and means Christmas Boys jul lads. Even thou they are said to be much much older the first appeared in the 17th century, but it's seams that they have been a part of Icelandic traditions for a long time. The are the sons of two trolls, Gryla and Leppaludi.
Gryla and Leppaludi and their 13
sons - Santas parents
When stories about the Jolasveinar first appeared, they were frightening creatures just like their parents. Over the years, they have become milder, gentler creatures and know just plain fun to be around.
The Icelandic Christmas boys come one by one, and start arriving 13 days before Christmas. Each one would do their best to cause minor havoc on Christmas preparations.
Whos is who and what does he do?
Today, they leave little presents for the children who have behaved all year. The children leave their shoes on their window sills and the Jolasveinar but in it little gifts. Any children who have been naughty get a potato or some other reminder that good behavior is essential around Christmas.
Gryla by a traditional Icelandic christmas buffet
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