In Iceland most children honour the tradition of putting a shoe in their window on the eve of 11th of December. Each night up until Christmas Eve one of the Icelandic thirteen yule lads (figures from Icelandic folklore who in modern times have become the Icelandic version of Santa Claus) will leave them a small treat or a gift in their shoe to reward them for a good behaviour. In case the children behave badly, a potatoe will be left in their shoe.
Each Yule Lad has a name reffering to his bad habbit, e.g. Pottaskefill or Pot-Scraper steals left overs from pots and Kertasníkir Candle-Stealer has affinity for candles and therefor steals them. Their mother name is Grýla and their father is Leppalúði. They live in the mountains and come one by one to town to
As a parent it comes in my responsibility to assist the yulelads to bring the small gifts to my daughters shoes. To give you an example, here are some ideas of what icelandic children reiceve from the yulelads and a photo of what I have prepared for the Yulelads to deliver over the next thirteen days: