Candle Beggar, the last of the 13 yule lad brothers, ended his journey in a kindergarten in the Westmann Islands south of Iceland, where he helped pre-schoolers make candles.
“It was early in the morning and I had just delivered the last present when I noticed beautiful rainbow-colored candles in the window of a kindergarten,” Candle Beggar tells icelandreview.com.
“I entered the kindergarten and approached the candles. First I tried eating them, as I used to do when candles were made of tallow, but the wax didn’t go down well and the children started crying,” the yule lad explains.
“Then the kindergarten teacher asked if I would like to help the children make candles for their parents to light on Christmas Eve,” Candle Beggar says. “She said I could keep some, so I joined in,” he adds.
Candle Beggar has always loved candles, but could never make up his mind whether he should eat them or look at the flickering flame, as described in Jólasveinarnir.
In the old days, children used to get playing cards and candles for Christmas. Candle Beggar used to chase them around and steal their candles, but now he knows better.
Photo by Birkir Fanndal. Courtesy of Snow Magic.