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The Icelandic Yule: An Illustrated Presentation in English

Dr. Terry Gunnell, Head of Folkloristics at the University of Iceland, will give an illustrated presentation in English on the beliefs and traditions of Icelandic Christmas traditions of the past and present at the National Museum of Iceland tomorrow.


Gunnell will cover everything from heathen gods to prank-playing Yule Lads and their ogress mother Grýla, pointing out that even though Christmas is celebrated because of the birth of Christ in modern times, the yuletide has ancient roots.

Gunnell will also compare Icelandic holiday conventions and superstitions to those in our neighboring countries, for example, the noteworthy relatives of the Yule Lads. Finally, he will mention various modern Christmas and New Year’s traditions.

The presentation starts at 1 pm. After the presentation, the English-Speaking Union of Iceland, which is organizing the event, will offer light refreshments. Admission is free of charge and open to all.

Click here to read about other yuletide events at the National Museum.

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