Iceland has several “Santa’s”. The Yuletide Lads are descendants of Gryla and and Leppalúði, the Ogres. They are mischievous and originally were supposed to scare naughty children. Also known as the Christmas Men, they visit Icelandic homes everyday, one Santa per day, beginning on the 12th and by Christmas they’ve all arrived. Their number has varied throughout the ages, but currently they are considered to be thirteen.
Children leave their shoes on the window sill in the evening. Every night, one of the Yuletide Lads leaves gifts (good children) or punishments (rotting potatoes) in the shoes. They signal once they have some. The Door Slammer, Hurðaskellir,wakes the house by slamming doors; the Candle Beggar, Kertasníkir; ….
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