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Goodbye to Christmas

Today is the last day of the Christmas season. People take down their decorations and Christmas lights, and go to bonfires and blow up fireworks to say farewell to the holidays.

January 6 is known as Threttándinn, “The Thirteenth.” The thirteenth yule lad hikes back to the mountains on this day. In Christianity, the wise men are paid homage to on January 6.

The Thirteenth is a magical night, like New Year’s Eve, and folk stories tell the tales of cows speaking in human tongue, elves visiting humans and seals taking off their skins and walking on dry land.

Bonfires are held and fireworks are blown up to metaphorically “burn up Christmas,” but this tradition is not as popular on the Thirteenth as on New Year’s Eve.

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