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.