Tomfoolery and 13 Yule Lads in Iceland


Tomfoolery released late last week. This is my favorite story is was so much fun and it reminded me of the two wonderful Christmas’s and New Year’s we celebrated in Iceland.

My family lived in Akureyri, Iceland Fall of 2004 to summer of 2006. It is a wonderful place. The holidays are special there. We celebrated Christmas 2004, 2005 and Welcomed in the New Year 2005 and 2006 in Iceland. They are totally family oriented and relaxed. Folks hang out and enjoy each others company. They also have 26 six days of Christmas or Yuletide. My favorite story was about the 13 Yule Lads or 13 Santas of Iceland. Some say the 13 Yule Lads are elves some say they are trolls. I decided for my story they are trolls.Yes they have 13 Santas plus have adopted St. Nick on Christmas Eve. The entire season is magical. Lights go up in most homes starting at the end of November like us.Remember in Iceland it is dark 24 hours a day in December. All ships come into the Harbor and are decorated with lights too. There are many celebrations throughout the Yuletide Season starting December 12 and Ending January 6. They have fireworks New Years at midnight and January 6th to officially end the Yuletide Season.

I like calling Christmas Season, Yuletide Season because it includes everyone. And in Iceland it not just the Human folk it also means all folks which includes, Icelandic Fairy’s, elves,trolls, ghosts, spirits, angels, and any other hidden folk or  paranormal. All are invited to celebrate the yuletide season.

Hillfolk by Elísabet Stacy-Hurley

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. (quote provided by

I love it. Yuletide officially starts December 12th.  All the children put a shoe/ boot  in their window  and a treat is left for them in the shoe if they have been good. Now we all know all children are good this time of year. Icelanders love children like no other people I have ever seen. Stiffy Legs is the first 13 Yule Lad to come down the mountain to place a gift in the children’s shoe and then have some fun playing pranks, enjoy the lights and decorations. Stiffy Legs also likes to chase sheep and drink lambs milk. In my story that I have been working on for a couple of years came together completely in late October this year. Illustrations by Kelly Murray were completed 1st week of December. The story is the third adventure of James , Syvok and Matt the dragon. James has a wonderful Yuletide Adventure with the 13 yule lads. Yes my Yuletide story has a dragon, Icelandic Fairy and the Yule Lads.  It is a whimsical, fun holiday adventure and the Illustrations are the best. You can down load it from Solstice Publishing now. Print version coming soon. Enjoy the Yuletide Season,

Gleðileg jól og farsælt komandi ár- Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Bless, WB

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