Happy Christmas

The Icelandic Yuletide Lads are descended from trolls, and were originally bogeymen who were used to scare children. Children feared  these  lads in the past.  The Yuletide Lads started to change in the twentieth century and became more friendly. They started to wear red clothes and they give children presents in shoes which the children put on their windowsill at night, starting thirteen nights before Christmas. The Yuletide Lads have mellowed but still tend to pilfer and play tricks.

I made these Lads many years ago,  and take them up every Christmas, I just love them. They all have different names like:  Sheepfold Stick, Gully Oaf, Spoon licker, Pot licker, Door slammer, Shorty, Bowl licker, Curd Glutton, Sausage Pilferer, Peeper, Sniffer, Meat Hook and Candle Begger.

I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.


Nat Palaskas said...

They are so very cute. What memories they must have brought back at each Christmas. Merry Christmas and Happy holiday - Hugs Natima

Beth Karese said...

Those little trolls are so neat! Christmas decorations are so special... memories and stories. I'm so glad you shared them. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!