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December 22: Door-Sniffer comes to town

By Staff

  • Door-Sniffer has a large nose and a great sense of smell. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

Every night from December 12 until Christmas Eve, one Yule Lad will come to town and leave little gifts for well-behaved children who have placed a shoe on the window sill.  Naughty ones will, however, wake up to find a potato in theirs.The thirteen brothers all have very descriptive names reflecting either their nature or the prank they play.

December 22: Gáttaþefur, or Door-Sniffer, has a large nose and a great sense of smell, which he uses to sniff out laufabrauð, the traditional Icelandic bread that is most often eaten in the Christmas season.

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