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Icelandic Yule Lads -“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”

Fridrik February 7, 2020

Crazy Christmas with 13 Icelandic Yule Lads and Family

Update 2020 april 2

They are thirteen brothers, the sons of Gryla and Leppalúða, who descend from the white mountains of December each year. The Icelandic Santa’s are unique characters and have lived with the Icelanders for centuries. They are called Yule Lads, about which they can be found in Icelandic legend. They are elaborate, and special in their own way. Here you can see all the brothers and shop beautiful Santa sweater, tops and much more. See more here Reykjavikshop.com

Stekkjastaur - Sheep-Cote-Clod - 12. December

The first Yule Lad arrives on December 12. It’s called Sheep Cote Clod, and it drinks sheep’s milk and can drink many liters at night. Farmers need to beware of this Yule Lad every Christmas.


Giljagaur - Gully Gawk - 13 December

Next is Gully Gawk coming from the mountains 13. December. He is very energetic, hides with cows and drinks hot milk from them. Then he sleeps in the outhouses and packs Christmas packs there for the children.

Stúfur - Stubby - 14 December

Stubby is the third of the Yule lads come on the night before the 14th of December every year.This short Yule Lad loves sweets, and he’s small and he’s smart. He doesn’t say no to pancakes with cream.

Þvörusleikir - Spoon Licker - 15 December

Spoon Licker comes early on the night before the 16th of December. Spoon Licker likes big spoons that have been covered in “Jólaköku” cake dough or cold rhubarb soup.

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