In Iceland there is an old legend of the thirteen Yule Lads.
Gryla was known to steal naughty children and use the children as ingredients in her stew.
No doubt parents in earlier times told stories about Gryla to keep their children from misbehaving.
Gryla also has a cat that was known to eat any child who did not have a new piece of clothing by Christmas.
The thirteen Yule Lads were quite mischievous, as their names imply. The reputation of the family has fortunately greatly improved.
The thirteen Yule Lads arrive one day at a time and will also leave one day at a time.
Children put a shoe on the window sill.
If the child has been good the Yule Lad will leave a small gift or candy in the shoe.
If the child has been naughty the Yule Lad will leave a potato in the shoe.
|Stekkjarstaur||Sheepfold Stick (Harasses sheep)||12th of December||25th of December|
|Giljagaur||Gully Imp||13th of December||26th of December|
|Stúfur||Shorty||14th of December||27th of December|
|Þvörusleikir||Spoon-licker||15th of December||28th of December|
|Pottasleikir||Pot-licker||16th of December||29th of December|
|Askasleikir||Bowl-licker||17th of December||30 of December|
|Hurðaskellir||Door-Slammer||18th of December||31 of December|
|Skyrgámur||Skyr Gobbler (skyr is a yoghurt type)||19th of December||1st of January|
|Bjúgnakrækir||Sausage-snatcher||20th of December||2nd of January|
|Gluggagægir||Window-peeper||21st of December||3rd of January|
|Gáttaþefur||Sniffer||22nd of December||4th of January|
|Ketkrókur||Meat-hook||23rd of December||5th of January|
|Kertasníkir||Candle-beggar||24th of January||6th of January|