Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of my readers and fellow bloggers! Please enjoy this great post on some Christmas folklore from The Curious Fortean blog.
During the Christmas season it’s difficult for many of us to imagine it without Santa or his elves. What if they were trolls, goblins or gnomes instead of our favorite little folk, would we still think of them as Jolly? In many countries that is actually the case.
In the mountains of Iceland there lives a giant Ogress name Gryla, her small lazy, good for nothing husband (her third) Leppaludi, her seventy-two children and a ferocious cat named the Yule Cat. Gryla was an absolute monster, both in appearance and attitude. In the days leading up to Christmas she would lock her children in a room to starve while she boiled herself a pot full of naughty children that she had caught.
Each year thirteen of her children would manage to escape for thirteen days and cause havoc in the villages, these children became known as the Yule Lads. While…
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