Christmas is Coming
by Jóhannes úr Kötlum
Since the first publication in 1932 Christmas is Coming has been an integral part of Icelandic Christmas traditions and helped preserve age-old folklore in modern culture. A seasonal bestseller from the start, few other books have been reprinted as many times.
A children’s favorite The Yuletide-lads are thirteen mischievous and sometimes scary characters, appearing in towns and farmsteads, one by one, the first on December 12th and the last on December 24th.
The Ballad of Grýla tells the tale of an ugly and vile female ogre that starves if the children are nice and behave, but is quick to reach for her bag if they are naughty —filling it for her pot.
The Christmas Cat prays on poor families during Christmas, targeting children without new clothes; For puss couldn’t ever eat those who got anything new to wear. The book also includes Christmas is Coming and The Christmas Child.
- Pages: 32
- Publisher: Griffla – forlag (November, 2015)
- Tungumál: English
- ISBN: 978-9979-72-924-2
Yuletide in the Land of Ice and Fire
Acclaimed Icelandic poet and author Gerður Kristný journeys into the curious world of Iceland’s Christmas myths.
With not one but thirteen Santa Clauses, troll-like figures who sneak down from the mountains to make mischief at Christmas and a ‘Yule Cat’ who prowls through the snow looking for lazy people to eat, there are myriad fantastical – and sometimes sinister – festive tales indigenous to Iceland.
Creeping down from the mountains one by one over the thirteen nights before Christmas, Iceland’s Jólasveinar, or ‘Yule Lads’ are eccentric characters out to make mischief. From ‘Door Slammer’ to ‘Spoon Licker’, ‘Sausage Swiper’ to ‘Meat Hook’, the Yule Lads – part of Icelandic folklore stretching back centuries – can be mischievous and menacing, stealing from pantries, playing pranks and scaring children.