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The Visit

For me, Christmas was always a beautiful time. As soon as the Thanksgiving turkey was digested, festoons of garland would appear around my bedroom’s door jamb. Softly glowing, orange-bulbed candles would light all of the windows, basking each room with … Continue reading

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December 24: The Last Yule Lad Arrives

December 24th: Kertasníkir, the Candle Stealer If my mom ever had an arch nemesis, it would be Kertasníkir, who steals candles. This is because, about ten years ago, I was searching for something that I could buy my mom for … Continue reading

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December 20 – 23: More Yule Lads Arrive!

December 20: Bjúgnakrækir, the Sausage Swiper Bjúgnakrækir lurks in the rafters, stealing the sausages that hang there while being smoked. As someone who likes kielbasa, I have a slight sympathy for Bjúgnakrækir’s shenanigans. December 21: Gluggagægir, the Window Peeper Gluggagægir stares … Continue reading

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December 18th and 19th: Two More Yule Lads Arrive

December 18th: Hurðaskellir, the Door Slammer Hurðaskellir is a nasty Yule Lad – he likes to slam doors at night. I’m pretty sure that he was visiting the apartment beneath us last night… December 19th: Skyrgámur, the Skyr Gobbler Skyrgámur … Continue reading

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December 16th and 17th: The Fifth and Sixth Yule Lads

December 16: Pottaskefill, the Pot-Scraper Pottaskefill steals let-overs from pots. I think of him as one of the more voracious eaters amongst the Yule Lads. December 17th: Askasleikir, the Bowl-Licker Askasleikir hides under beds, and steals bowls called askur. Askur … Continue reading

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December 15th: The Fourth Yule Lad

Today heralds the arrival of one of the saddest Yule Lads: Þvörusleikir, The Spoon-Licker: Þvörusleikir is lean and thin because he subsides only on the food left stuck to long-handled wooden spoons that he steals known as Þvörur. I say … Continue reading

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December 14th: The Third Yule Lad

December 14th: Stúfur, Stubby The abnormally short Stúfur steals pans so that he can eat the crusts left on them. Here, I envisioned him in possession of a pie tin, snacking on the thick edge of crust that is the … Continue reading

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