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By Betty Vanderwielen

Who Brings Holiday Presents?

Part 4 of 4


December 28, 2017

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Door-Slammer is one of Iceland’s 13 Yule Lads. Though he leaves children a present when he arrives on December 18, like his brothers he has a mischievous streak and delights in annoying everyone in the house by slamming doors, especially in the middle of the night.

Part 1 of this series on holiday gift-givers talked about Saints and Santas, Part 2 about The Three Kings. Part 3 about Baby Jesus or Christkind. Part 4 will discuss

Non-Christian Gift-Givers

Though the December holiday season is generally thought of in terms of Christmas and its surrounding Christian-oriented celebrations, for some groups and predominantly non-Christian countries, other traditions are sometimes connected with gift-givers. Many of these countries draw their traditions from pre-Christian times. In the Scandinavian countries, small garden-gnome-li...

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