When the Tribe Tribune staff was planning our holiday issue, we considered writing an informative feature about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and all those culturally diverse holidays. We soon realized we were no experts and were probably going to offend someone. In our initial research, however, we encountered this pretty cool Icelandic Christmas legend about these naughty half-trolls. Half-trolls, okay. We’re probably safe from offending anyone.
Who are the Yule Lads?
The Yule Lads are a group of trolls who sometimes leave Christmas gifts, but also annoy households with mischief and petty theft. In the thirteen days before Christmas, each half-troll visits Icelandic children. The Yule Lads put toys in the shoes of good children; they put raw potatoes in the shoes of bad children.