In Icelandic Christmas folklore, lies 13 Yule Lads, these merry but mischievous fellows take turns visiting kids on the 13 nights leading up to Christmas. On each night the children place one of their shoes on the windowsill. For good boys and girls, the Yule Lad will leave candy. If not, the Yule Lads are not subtle in expressing their disapproval: they fill the shoe with rotting potatoes.
They may enjoy 13 days of Santa Claus-like visits, but they also have to contend with a creature called Grýla who comes down from the mountains on Christmas and boils naughty children alive, and a giant, blood-thirsty black kitty called the Christmas Cat that prowls around the country on Christmas Eve and eats anyone who’s not wearing at least one new piece of clothing.
I got caught by Grýla at the airport but thankfully I two stepped fast enough to get away 🤘
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