There are not many yule lads left to arrive to town! Tonight, it is Sausage-Swiper’s (whose name in Icelandic is a real tongue twister – try for yourself: Bjúgnakrækir) turn. The good people at SPARK design space celebrate the day by handing out a set of gift wrapping papers and cards by Megan Herbert to one lucky winner. Be sure to partake on their Facebook page!
Initially introduced in the GJÖF exhibition, we think Herbert’s work is so beautiful that we might just frame them instead of wrapping things in them!
In the Icelandic folklore, there is not just one Santa – there are 13! Starting on December 12 through to December 23, they arrive to towns from the mountains, one by one, playing little tricks along the way.
Their names give hints to the mischief they perform: Þvörusleikir (Spoon-licker) and Pottasleikir (Pot-licker) steal food, while Hurðaskellir (Door-slammer) makes noise and Bjúgnakrækir (Sausage-pilfer) nicks sausages.
Each evening, Icelandic children lay a shoe on their window sill. The Yule lads leave a small gift in good children’s shoes – naughty children receive a cold, rotten potato instead.
Every day until 23rd, design gallery Spark design space will play “yule lad”, giving out a different design item as a gift “to the shoe in the window”. To partake, remember to be good and like the gift posts on SPARK design space Facebook page here. We will be posting about each of the items up until Christmas – stay tuned!
Image courtesy of SPARK design space