In Iceland we have not one Santa but 13 of them, known as Yule Lads - Jólasveinar. They may bear gifts and they sometimes even wear red, but they are quite different from the Father Christmas you know

These mischievous, jolly brothers live in the mountains with their troll parents. They take turns visiting children 13 nights leading up to Christmas. So if you are a believer, put your shoe in the window and if you have been nice you'll get a small treat. If you have been naughty, you get a rotting potato. 

The first Yule Lad to visit is Stekkjarstaur (e. Sheep-Cote Clod) he arrived this morning. He was said to suck milk from sheep and was known for having two wooden feet. 



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