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New survey reveals Candle Beggar is the most popular Yule lad

By Staff

  • Icelandic Yule lad Starting on the 12 December, the thirteen Icelandic Yule lads leave their mountain dwellings one by one. Photo/Vilhelm

Kertasníkir, the 13th and last Yule lad to arrive to town, is the most popular santa, according to market research company MMR.
Roughly 1000 people responded to MMR’s survey. 35% of respondents named Kertasníkir, or Candle Beggar, as their favourite Yule lad. Stúfur, or Stubby, was the second most popular of all the brothers, while the noisiest Yule lad, Hurðaskellir (Door Slammer) landed in third place.

Read more: Door Slammer, Stubby and Bowl Licker - introducing the Icelandic Santa Clauses

Starting on the 12 December, the thirteen Icelandic Yule lads leave their mountain dwellings one by one. The lads leave  little gifts for well-behaved children who have placed a shoe on the window sill. 

Kertasníkir, the most popular santa, was known to follow children around in order to steal their candles, which in the olden days were made from tallow and therefore edible. 

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