The Yule Lads, or Yulemen, (Icelandic: jólasveinarnir or jólasveinar) are figures from Icelandic folklore who are considered to be mischievous entities who plague households with their antics during the holiday season. They have a darker past, but in modern times they have transformed and have become the Icelandic version of Santa Claus.
The Yule Lads, or Yulemen are thirteen in number and they put rewards or punishments into shoes placed by children in window sills during the last thirteen nights before Christmas Eve.
The names of these thirteen Yule Lads are – Stekkjastaur (Sheepfold Stick), Giljagaur (Gilly Oaf), Stúfur (Shorty), Þvörusleikir (Spoon-licker), Pottasleikir (Pot-licker), Askasleikir (Bowl-licker), Hurðaskellir (Door-slammer), Skyrgámur (Skyr-glutton), Bjúgnakrækir (Sausage-pilfer), Gluggagægir (Peeper), Gáttaþefur (Sniffer), Ketkrókur (Meat-hook) and Kertasníkir (Candle-begger).
Please find below Photos of Thirteen Icelandic Yule Lads.