10 Odd Beings That Visit On Christmas

Yule Lads

Throughout Iceland, Santa’s job is performed by Yule Lads, 13 brothers who would leave presents inside of the shoes of children. They were not always friendly, though, as some legend claims they were murderous trolls who may steal food and cause trouble.


Gryla was known as a terrible beast that comes from Icelandic bedtime monster stories. She is said to be the mother of the Yule Lads, but is more of an ugly troll than them. She had three heads with three eyes on each, long, curved fingernails, and huge ears that attached to her nose.