Icelandic Jólasveinar 1

Shut your eyes, Min!

Shut your eyes, Min!

Hitty Constance and Min went on a long hike in Iceland last summer, and spent some time investigating elf houses, troll caves, and hidden people’s traditions. According to Icelandic midwinter custom, children should leave a shoe out on the windowsill for each of the 13 nights before Christmas.  If they’ve been good, a Yule Lad (different one every night) might leave a small gift. If they’ve not been good, they’ll probably get a raw potato! Min thinks the Yule Lads might find their way to Victoria and has put her shoes out just in case…

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Sheep-Worrier is up to no good.

Sheep-Worrier is up to no good.

The first Yule Lad to come is Stekkjarstaur, sometimes called “Sheep Worrier” or Gimpy..he comes on December 12th!

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To read all about the 2012  Jólasveinar visits to the Quimper Hitty cupboard, click here.

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This tradition is explained in the Icelandic Yule/Jól website here.

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4 thoughts on “Icelandic Jólasveinar 1

  1. Seems one has to be prepared in advance for the Stekkjarstaur!. I hope Min’s preparation is rewarded. And, has she been a good girl? I would not want the Jólasveinar mother Grýla to be checking up on her!

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