The Icelandic Christmas Elves

In the old days people believed that Christmas elves were trolls and monsters or even cannibals.

Some stories say the Christmas elves are 13, and some say they are 9. In some old Icelandic Christmas poems they are said to be 9.

The old Christmas elves were dressed in old fashioned farmers's clothes. In the 19th century people began to doubt that the Christmas elves were real children of Gryla. And they also began to doubt that they ate children, though they both were cruel , michievous and thievish like some of their names point out. Here are the names of the old, Icelandic Christmas elves: Stekkjarstaur, Giljagaur, Stufur, Thvorusleikir, Pottasleikir, Askasleikir, Faldafeykir, Skyrjarmur, Bjugnakraekir, Gluggagaegir, Gattathefur, Ketkrokur, og Kertasnikir.

In some books they also have another names, which are: Tifill, Tifall, Tutur, Baggalutur, Raudur, Redda, Steingrimur, Sledda, Laekjaraegir, Bjalminn sjalfur, Bjalmans barnid, Bitahaengir, Frodusleikir, Syrjusleikir.

Nowadays Santa Claus in Iceland is like every other Santa Clause in the world: An old and kind man in red clothes with a big white beard. But we believe that there is not just one Santa Claus, we still believe they are 13.

Children believe they begin to give them in their shoe 13 nights before Christmas, one at a time, and also come and visit them at Christmas parties.

In Iceland we also still believe that their parents's names are Gryla and Leppaludi