|Posted by Anna H. on December 12, 2016 at 6:35 AM|
How's it going my gumdrops? This blog ALMOST didn't get published today. After going on Christmas shopping sprees for 4 days straight and shoveling snow twice yesterday, my body is killing me.
PROTIP: Never go on Christmas shopping sprees for 4 DAYS STRAIGHT, then shovel nearly 1 foot of snow a day later. Otherwise, you will be really stiff and sore for days.
Aside from the protip, most of us are down to the last 13 days before Christmas Day. Do you know what's happening these next 13 nights? Iceland's 13 Yule Lads start to wreak havoc all throughout these next 2 weeks.
Some of you may remember that last year, I published a blog about the 13 Yule Lads. For those of you, who were not here last December, I explained in detail about these mischievous lads.
Much like Saint Nicholas and Krampus, the 13 Yule Lads reward nice children and punish the "naughty" children.
Since today is December 12th, Stekkjarstaur or "Sheep-Cote Clod" is the 1st Yule Lad to arrive tonight. Tonight is the night, when this stiff and peg-legged Yule Lad starts to harass the sheep in the towns of Iceland. The 13 Yule Lads actually dwell in the mountains.
On December 12th, Stekkjastaur departs from the mountains to harass the sheep in towns. Then, he returns to the mountains on December 25th (Christmas Day).
Stekkjastaur not only departs from Iceland's mountains to arrive in town to harass the sheep, but he also has the ability to reward and punish children. All the well-behaved children are to be rewarded with a Christmas present in their shoes. The misbehaving children, on the other hand, receive potatoes in their shoes.
Potatoes are much better than being given lumps of coal and being whisked off to Hell by Krampus, right? At least potatoes are edible compared to coal. Like I said earlier, as mischievous as the 13 Yule Lads are, they act as Krampus and Saint Nicholas in Iceland. It really all depends on the child's behavior.
To learn more about the 13 Yule Lads, click on the link below.
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