The 13 Yulelads are all over 100 years old, they are silly, joyful pranksters and all have different names which fits with their characteristics. This morning was the first day of 13 counting toward Christmas Eve that kids in Iceland could find small gifts in their shoes which they had placed in their windows.
The first Yulelad is named Stekkjastaur or Sheep-Cote Clod. The poet Jòhannes ùr Kötlu wrote a poem about the Yulelads and their family, many kids as well as adults know this poem by heart and it has become some what of a standard to decriebe and remember the names and row of the lads. The first part of thr poem goes:
Stekkjastaur - Sheep-Cote Clod
The first of them was Sheep-Cote Clod.
He came stiff as wood,
to prey upon the farmer's sheep
as far as he could.
He wished to suck the ewes,
but it was no accident
he couldn't; he had stiff knees
- not to convenient.
Work cite: https://icelandmag.is/article/story-all-yule-lads-including-window-peeper-spoon-licker-and-skyr-gobbler
Did you know that in Iceland there is not just one "Santa Claus" or St. Nikolaus, there are no elfs and no Krampus. We have Julelads, and they are 13. They live in a cave in the mountains with their parents Grýla and Leppalùði and the Christmas cat. 13 days before Christmas Eve, one by one they visit children and give them gifts, one each night until Christmas. Last weekend they came all togethet from the mountains and children gatheterd around to great them. Their parents always come as well but is has been popular to throw snow balls at them by the older kids. I don't recommend it since these are not actual bad trolls 🤣
If you don't behave well the Julelads might give you a rotten potatoe or just one that you can cook. They place the gifts in your shoe which you have placed in your window.
The very bad children get snatched by Grýla and she cooks the kids for her and Leppalùði to eat. The Christmas cat also eats kids, but the kids that don't get nice clothing to wear on Christmas 😱
Lukely, the characters eating of kids has been dismissed by most people as it is far from being in tune with the time.
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