Yule

Gledileg Jol: Merry Yule from Iceland

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Iceland image by Oliver Hoffman

When and why early man began celebrating Yule is shrouded in mystery, but the celebration at this time of year certainly seems to have been connected with the longest night of the year and the promise of the returning sun.

As is the case in many Northern European countries, especially those having precious little sunlight this time of year, the celebration of Yule or Jol in Iceland dates back beyond memory or written language.

Christmas Elves are Arriving Everywhere! Don't Miss the Yule Lads Arrival in Iceland!

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It is time! The first one will be showing up any minute now! And will be followed by twelve of his kin over the next 12 days!

Who? Why Jolasveinarnir of course! Also known as Yule Lads. From now til Christmas, one Jolasveinar will come down from his mysterious hiding place in the mountains of Iceland to join in the celebration and merriment of the holiday season. It is their happy task to seek out good children and leave them little treats.

Icelandic Jólasveinar (Yule Lads) Come Calling Soon. Make One for Your Tree!

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Jólasveinar or Yule Lads, very, very distant relatives of the Päkapikk, and not so distant relatives of Nisse and Tomte, hide out in remote mountain caves of Iceland most of the year and only appear during the Christmas season.

The Sun is returning! Happy Solstice! Happy Yule! Happy ME!

 

Happy Solstice! The sun is returning! (This is a Nebula around a star or sun.)

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