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Christmas in other countries: The 13 Santas Of Iceland

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The Yule Lads

The 13 Santas Of Iceland

 

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Children in Iceland leave their shoes on their window sill for the 13 nights before Christmas Eve. This is because for the 13 nights before Christmas they will be visited by one of Iceland’s 13 Santas – the Yule Lads (or yulemen).

If the children have been good, they may be left a small treat, a sweet or a chocolate – but if they are bad, they will be left a raw potato in their shoe.

But the children of Iceland are not lucky having 13 santas. Each Yule Lad is is the son of the evil troll woman, Grýla The Child Eater – each Yule Lad has his own speciality, and will try to steal and cause mischief for the children and their families.

In addition to the 13 Yule Lads, the children should also be careful of Grýla’s pet – the Yuletide Cat, which will eat any child who does not recieve new clothing for Christmas.

The 13 Yule Lads

Each night in the two weeks before Christmas, one of the Yule Lads will come down from the mountains around Dimmuborgir – each Yule Lad will remain largely hidden and will cause trouble around the homes and farms of Iceland. Each will remain for two weeks, leaving one at a time in the two weeks following Christmas.

Name Icelandic Description Arrival Departure
Sheep-Cote Clod Stekkjastaur Harasses sheep, but is impaired by his stiff peg-legs. December 12 December 25
Gully Gawk Giljagaur Hides in gullies, waiting for an opportunity to sneak into the cowshed and steal milk. December 13 December 26
Stubby Stúfur Abnormally short. Steals pans to eat the crust left on them. December 14 December 27
Spoon Licker Þvörusleikir Steals Þvörur (a type of a wooden spoon with a long handle) to lick. Is extremely thin due to malnutrition. December 15 December 28
Pot Scraper Pottaskefill Steals leftovers from pots. December 16 December 29
Bowl Licker Askasleikir Hides under beds waiting for someone to put down their ‘askur’ (a type of bowl with a lid used instead of dishes), which he then steals. December 17 December 30
Door Slammer Hurðaskellir Likes to slam doors, especially during the night. December 18 December 31
Skyr Gobbler Skyrgámur A Yule Lad with an affinity for skyr (an Icelandic dairy product a bit like natural yoghurt). December 19 January 1
Sausage Swiper Bjúgnakrækir Would hide in the rafters and snatch sausages that were being smoked. December 20 January 2
Window Peeper Gluggagægir A voyeur who would look through windows in search of things to steal. December 21 January 3
Doorway Sniffer Gáttaþefur Has an abnormally large nose and an acute sense of smell which he uses to locate laufabrauð. December 22 January 4
Meat Hook Ketkrókur Uses a hook to steal meat. December 23 January 5
Candle Stealer Kertasníkir Follows children in order to steal their candles (which in those days was made of tallow and thus edible). December 24 January 6

Other Important Characters

Name Icelandic Description
Gryla The Child Eater Grýla An Icelandic troll, mother of the Yule Lads.
Leppaludi Leppalúði Lazy wretch and father of the Yule Lads.
The Yuletide Cat Jólaköttur Grýla’s pet cat, that eats children who do not receive new clothes at Christmas.
More Yule Lads There have been many more Yule Lads over the years, some of which have disappeared.

 

Iceland vs England

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UEFA EURO  Round of 16
Today, 20:00  Allianz Riviera
England
vs
  Iceland

When England and Iceland come together – exciting things happen.  At Woburn Brasserie with one owner being English and the other Icelandic – here at WB the result is award winning food and service.  And tonight the two nations come together on the football field and whatever the result – it is guaranteed to be exciting.  It’s just as well that Woburn Brasserie is not open on Monday evenings…….  but will the owners still be speaking to each other tomorrow?  We’ll have to see – but one thing is guaranteed, they will still be providing excellent food and service!

FREE LIVE JAZZ with the Jazz Brothers

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Free live jazz from the fabulous Jazz Brothers – 12pm-3pm Take in the mellow sounds of our fabulous jazz trio as you enjoy your Sunday lunch

Mother’s Day Lunch Set Menu

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2 courses £26.95, 3 courses £29.95

FREE LIVE JAZZ with the Jazz Brothers

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Free live jazz from the fabulous Jazz Brothers – 12pm-3pm Take in the mellow sounds of our fabulous jazz trio as you enjoy your Sunday lunch

Valentine’s Dinner with Live Classical Piano

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Evening Dinner With Classical Music

Savour lovingly created dishes from our Valentine’s Day Menu and enjoy the romance of live music as you dine.

FREE LIVE JAZZ with the Jazz Brothers

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Free live jazz from the fabulous Jazz Brothers – 12pm-3pm Take in the mellow sounds of our fabulous jazz trio as you enjoy your Sunday lunch

FREE LIVE JAZZ with the Jazz Brothers

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Free live jazz from the fabulous Jazz Brothers – 12pm-3pm Take in the mellow sounds of our fabulous jazz trio as you enjoy your Sunday lunch

FREE LIVE JAZZ with the Jazz Brothers

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Free live jazz from the fabulous Jazz Brothers – 12pm-3pm Take in the mellow sounds of our fabulous jazz trio as you enjoy your Sunday lunch

PHONE LINES BACK UP AND WORKING SATURDAY 13 JANUARY 2018

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So sorry for any inconvenience over the past few days – however the BT Openreach engineers have now repaired the faulty equipment in the exchange and restored services so both our phone and our credit card machine are operating again.  We are open as usual, and look forward to welcoming you!

 

Phone lines still out of order weekend of 13 & 14 January 2018

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Apologies to all our customers who have been struggling to get through on our phone lines this week.  Our phone line has been out of order & unfortunately this situation appears to be set to continue for the weekend 13th/14th while BT take a “weekend break” from their work on rectifying the fault which apparently has been traced to the old copper line in the village.

So sorry for any inconvenience – this unfortunately affects both our phone and our credit card machine – we are open as usual, and able to receive emails from another connection – so please email info@woburnbrasserie.co.uk or contact us via Facebook or Twitter if you wish to book a table.  We do hope they will rectify this situation soon and look forward to welcoming you!

Evening Closed – Sunday Hours only: open 10:00 – 15:00.

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Sunday Hours only: open 10:00 – 15:00, evening closed.