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December 24: The last Yule Lad, Candle Beggar, comes to town

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  • Kertasníkir, whose name means Candle Beggar, is the thirteenth and last Yule Lad to arrive in town. Photo/Þjóðminjasafnið

Every night from December 12 until Christmas Eve, one Yule Lad will come to town and leave little gifts for well-behaved children who have placed a shoe on the window sill.  Naughty ones will, however, wake up to find a potato in theirs.The thirteen brothers all have very descriptive names reflecting either their nature or the prank they play.

December 24: Kertasníkir, whose name means Candle Beggar, is the thirteenth and last Yule Lad to arrive in town. He follows children around in order to steal their candles, which in the olden days were made from tallow and therefore edible. 

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