Christmas Day in Iceland ― Date, History, and Details

Christmas Day in Iceland

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History of Christmas Day in Iceland and How to Celebrate/ Observe It

Christmas in Iceland is celebrated on December 25th, just like in many other countries around the world. However, there are some unique traditions that are specific to Iceland. For example, instead of Santa Claus coming down the chimney to deliver presents, in Iceland he arrives on a boat! This is because so many homes in Iceland are located near the water.

Another special tradition is the Yule Lads. These are 13 mischievous characters who each visit Icelandic children during the 13 nights leading up to Christmas. Each night, a different Lad comes, and children can either get a present or a piece of coal, depending on whether they’ve been naughty or nice.

Icelanders also enjoy a special Christmas meal, which typically includes smoked lamb, ham, potatoes, and various kinds of bread and pastries. Of course, no Christmas would be complete without a festive dessert, and in Iceland that means enjoying some delicious skyr (a type of yogurt) with whipped cream and berries.