Smoked Pork and Christmas Presents

Tonight is Christmas Eve. Christmas in Iceland officially begins when the bells of the Reykjavík Cathedral chime at 6 pm. By then families have gathered around the dinner table and afterwards they open presents and Christmas cards.

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The Butterfly and the Alchemist

Elligleði—meaning ‘old joy’—was formed by teacher and opera singer, Stefán Helgi Stefánsson and retired craft teacher, Sesselja Magnúsdóttir. Together they have brought magical moments to many people in their twilight years and immeasurable joy to their families.

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Norwegians Help Single Icelandic Father

Almost 300 Norwegians have in the past days offered donations to Hagbarður Valsson, a single father of four originally from Iceland. Hagbarður’s fiancé Guðrún Guðmunda Sigurðardóttir died suddenly last year when she was seven months pregnant.

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