Published December 11, 2018
In Iceland, Christmas is a little wacky. Instead of one Santa, we have thirteen. And rather than being a jolly old white-bearded fellow who lets children sit on his on his lap in a shopping mall and showers them with presents, our Jólasveinar—or “Yule Lads,” in English—are a tribe of mischievous little weirdos.
Starting on December 12th, the Yule Lads come down from the mountains one by one, each day until Christmas. If you’ve behaved well, they’ll put a gift in your shoe; if not, you get a potato. In honour of this harrowing game of cat and mouse, we present: the Thirteen Days Of Grapemas, where every day, a Yule Lads will deliver one of you—our beloved readers—a special Icelandic gift.
So what’s a girl gotta do to get some cool stuff in her shoe? Just tag the friends or loved ones you think are most deserving on this Facebook status, along with a damn good reason that they should win. Remember: If you don’t enter in this life, you sure won’t win. #JÓLÓ
What’s In The Shoe Today?
Today, Stekkjastaur—‘Stiffy Legs,’ in English—is here to suckle your ewes. Yes, you heard that right—that’s literally what he does. If you live ewe-free city life, you’re safe. But you should still keep an eye on your milk carton.
Stekkjarstaur, if you’ve been good, has teamed up with Icewear to gift you a statue of himself, or whichever one of the Yule Lads you want. Seriously, this is how narcissistic these Yule Lads are, they give out statues of themselves. But hey, if we looked that good, we’d probably do the same.
So, dear reader, we wish you well. Get tagging here—and if you don’t win today, check out our page tomorrow for the next gift.