will be in your stocking this year?
There are 13 Jolasveinars (Father Christmas) in Iceland.
Each one has a different name. See if you can pronounce
their names: Stekkjarstaur, Giljagaur, Stufur, Thvorusleikir,
Pottaskefill, Askasleikir, Hurdarskellir, Skyrgamur,
Bjugnakraekir, Gluggagaegir, Gattathefur, Ketkrokur and
Jolasveinars are different from the Father Christmas we know
because they do naughty things like slamming doors. They are
sometimes called 'Christmas boys because of the mischief
Each Jolasveinar is naughty in different ways. Candle Beggar
snatches candles. Meat Hooker tries to run off with the
roast and Door Slammer awakens sleepers by slamming doors.
The 13 Jolasveinars each arrive on a different day,
beginning Dec. 12 until Christmas Day.
December 23rd is St. Thorlakur's Day named after Iceland's
major native Saint, Thorlakur Thorhallsson. There is a
tradition in Iceland to eat the fish named skate on this
In Iceland they open their presents around the Christmas
tree on Christmas Eve.
The traditional Christmas dinner is smoked lamb.
A traditional greeting to the Elves was:
Let those who want to, arrive
Let those who want to, leave
Let those who want to, stay
Without harm to me or mine.
The housewife was supposed to chant this on New Year's Eve.
Elfin gold could be obtained from the Elves by sitting at a
crossroads waiting for them to pass by.
Bonfires on New Year's Eve have been lit in Iceland since
the late 18th century. In this century the custom of "sprengja
út árið", "blowing out the year" has been observed by
detonating fireworks, and many families spend a small
fortune on them. It is usually a night of great merriment,
with the family spending the first part of the evening
together. However, dances start a little before midnight and
young people usually go to a dance.
My vote is to have Christmas traditions all year round. You see at
Christmas time most people at least the ones I have met, always change just a
little for the better around Christmas. I do not know whether or not it is the
great yuletide Christmas carols, the festive atmosphere everywhere you go, or just some
hidden part in all of us that screams out, (I BELIEVE IN MORE THAN WHAT I SEE AROUND ME.) You see, somewhere deep down inside we all
believe in something better than we now have or see, and most of
us feel a lot better when we help someone. Whether the person is
in need or not, this feeling is what I call the feeling of
Christmas, and we all should strive to feel this way all year long.
The feeling of the Christmas holidays is truly all about family, friends and celebrating all things good.
The Lord's birthday is swiftly coming
Christmas carols we're merrily humming,
Adoration and harmony spreads worldwide
As we eagerly await the happy Yuletide.
Enhance your Christmas, with Christmas poems
and stories highlighted with your favorite Christmas carols.
Christmas traditions are fast becoming a family way of life.
Poems are a simple way of inspiring others to join in on the Christmas
traditions that love and poems bring to this Christmas holiday.