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World Advent Calendar

by Mandy Barrow

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I hope it snows like this.


Can you guess how many Father Christmas (Santas) there are in Iceland?


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What will be in your stocking this year?

There are 13 Jolasveinars in Iceland.
Each one has a different name.

See if you can pronounce their names: Stekkjarstaur, Giljagaur, Stufur, Thvorusleikir, Pottaskefill, Askasleikir, Hurdarskellir, Skyrgamur, Bjugnakraekir, Gluggagaegir, Gattathefur, Ketkrokur and Kertasnikir.

Jolasveinars are different from the Father Christmas we know because they do naughty things like slamming doors. They are sometimes called 'Christmas boys because of the mischief they do.

The 13 Jolasveinars each arrive on a different day, beginning 12 Dec. until Christmas Day. Each one does their best to cause minor havoc on Christmas preparations.

Each Jolasveinar is naughty in different ways.

What naughty things do you think these Jolasveinar do?

Candle Beggar, Meat Hooker and Door Slammer



Candle Beggar snatches candles.

Meat Hooker tries to run off with the roast

Door Slammer awakens sleepers by slamming doors.

December 23rd is St. Thorlakur's Day named after Iceland's major native Saint, Thorlakur Thorhallsson. There is a tradition in Iceland to eat the fish named skate on this day.

In Iceland they open their presents around the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve.

The traditional Christmas dinner is smoked lamb.

The last day of Christmas is celebrated on 6th of January and is called "Threttandinn". Bonfires are lit and they have fireworks.

3 days till Christmas Day!

Dear Father Christmas,
I am going to give Rudolf a carrot.
Mummy has some brandy for you and a mince pie.
I am being very, very good.
I am sooooooooo excited!
Because you will visit my house soon!

from England

Can you guess which country will have
Christmas first in the world?

(25 December)

Click here for the answer


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