Published December 23, 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?
Oh, you wanted some meat? Well, Iceland, let’s get carnivorous! Today, one of the least vegan-friendly Yule Lads, Ketkrókur—’Meat-Hook’ in English—is here to steal your burgers and season your steaks. Watch out, you just might get hooked.
But Meat-Hook isn’t here empty handed. Today, he’ll hook you up with an amazing prize: a weekend with Pink Iceland. As Pink Iceland puts it: “One weekend, three tours, countless mimosas!” Now, that’s something we can get behind. The tour goes from Thursday to Saturday and includes a Queer City Walk, Happy Hour Tour, Gay Golden Circle tour, and West Iceland Wonders tour. Note: the latter involves meeting Icelandic goats and a soak in Krauma Geothermal Pools.
We know what you’re thinking: Where are the mimosas? Well lunches and bottomless mimosas are specifically included in the tour. They’ve got you covered.
So, dear reader, tag your most well-behaved friend here for a chance to get this special tour, and have a Happy Grapemas!
A note: The winner of yesterday’s Snaps Bistro contest was Juliana Pezzoni, who was nominated by her friend Rafael Mosna. Juliana is working on both Christmas and New Years Day—what an end to 2018, right? But don’t worry, you can get your own Snaps dinner whenever you want. Check out their website here.