Jólasveinar einn og átta, Jule-lads one and eight. That´s how a popular Icelandic children´s Christmas chant begins.
It is a strange beginning in fact since Iceland has 13 Santas or Jule-lads and not nine.
If you are interested in knowing a little more about those funny lads we posted a blog series last year about these interesting men and their strange family.
Here you can find the links to the series.
The first two brothers, Stekkjastaur and Giljagaur
The third brother Stúfur and their parents
The fourth brother Þvörusleikir
The fifth and the sixth, Pottaskefill and Askasleikir
The seventh brother Hurðaskellir and the Jule-cat
Brothers nine and ten, Bjúgnakrækir and Gluggagægir
Brothers eleven and twelve, Gáttaþefur and Ketkrókur