The long dark nights of
winter are illumined not only by Iceland's Northern lights but with countless sparkling holiday lights throughout
Iceland to make them especially bright for the holidays
Aglow in the
spirit of Christmas, children delight in not one, but 13 "Santas"
(the mischeveous jólasveinn, or "Yule Lads")
who visit each day of the holiday season to deliver candy and
Day arrives, it is usually spent with family over a traditional
dinner of ptarmigan
(the Icelandic holiday bird), along with the presentation of the
Christmas porridge or rice pudding. In this special dessert is
hidden a magic almond, and the the family member who finds it
is said to enjoy good luck throughout the coming year
On New Year's
Eve, and again on January 6th, (Twelfth Night or Þréttandinn,
the Thirteenth Day) bonfires are lit in celebration, followed
by spectacular fireworks displays that light the night skies.
Web, discover more information and photos of a traditional Icelandic
Christmas, including the origins of ancient Yule tales and folklore,
holiday happenings in the capital city of Reykjavik and additional
facts on modern day feasting and celebrations ...
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