Talk about a fun and easy DIY party decoration that will surely make a statement.
If you need a coat hanger you can reuse the Christmas tree after the holidays and make a unique coat rack with rustic look :)
There are so many easy ways to decorate a beautiful Christmas table! Get inspired.
See here... more beautiful ideas for the Christmas table
Christmas tree breaks through roof of man's house, but not really
Credit: Patrick Kruger
The Yule Lads, or Yulemen, (Icelandic: jólasveinarnir or jólasveinar) are figures from Icelandic folklore who in modern times have become the Icelandic version of Santa Claus. Their number has varied throughout the ages, but currently there are considered to be thirteen.
The Yule Lads were originally portrayed as being mischievous, or even criminal, pranksters that would steal from, or in other way harass the population (at the time mostly rural farmers). They all had descriptive names that conveyed their modus operandi.
The Yule Lads are traditionally said to be the sons of the mountain-dwelling trolls Grýla and Leppalúði. Additionally, the Yule Lads are often depicted with the Yuletide Cat, a beast that, according to folklore, eats children that don't receive new clothes in time for Christmas.
In modern times the Yule Lads have been depicted as taking on a more benevolent role comparable to Santa Claus and other related figures and putting small gifts (or potatoes if the child has misbehaved) into shoes placed by children into their windows the last thirteen nights before Christmas Eve. They are occasionally depicted as wearing the costume traditionally worn by Santa Claus, but are otherwise generally shown wearing late medieval style Icelandic clothing.
The Yule lads are said to "come to town" during the last 13 nights before Christmas, each staying for two weeks before departing. Below are the 'official' thirteen Yule Lads in the order they arrive (and depart). Read more...
Arrival December 12: Stekkjastaur (Sheep-Cote) Clod Harasses Sheep, but is impaired by his stiff pep- legs.
Arrival December 13 : Giljagaur (Gully Gawk) Hides in gullies, waiting for an opportunity to sneak into the cowshed and steal milk.
Arrival December 14: Stúfur (Stubby) Abnormally short. Steals pans to eat the crust left on them.
Arrival December 15: Þvörusleikir (Spoon-Licker). Steals Þvörur (a type of a wooden spoon with a long handle - I. þvara) to lick. Is extremely thin due to malnutrition.
Arrival December 16: Pottaskefill (Pot-Scraper). Steals leftovers from pots.
Arrival December 17: Askasleikir(Bowl-Licker). Hides under beds waiting for someone to put down their 'askur' (a type of bowl with a lid used instead of dishes), which he then steals.
Arrival December 18: Hurðaskellir(Door-Slammer). Likes to slam doors, especially during the night.
Arrival December 19: Skyrgámur(Skyr-Gobbler). A Yule Lad with an affinity for skyr.
Arrival December 20: Bjúgnakrækir(Sausage-Swiper). Would hide in the rafters and snatch sausages that were being smoked.
Arrival December 21: Gluggagæir(Window-Peeper). A voyeur who would look through windows in search of things to steal.
Arrival December 22: Gáttaþefur(Doorway-Sniffer). Has an abnormally large nose and an acute sense of smell which he uses to locate laufabrauð.
Arrival December 23: Ketkrókur(Meat-Hook). Uses a hook to steal meat.
Arrival December 24: Kertasníkir(Candle-Stealer). Follows children in order to steal their candles (which in those days was made of tallow and thus edible).
Grýla, is in Icelandic mythology, a horrifying monster and a giantess living in the mountains of Iceland. She is said to come from the mountains at Christmas in search of naughty children. See is the mother of the Yule Lads. Read more...
Leppalúði (Bogeyman). The husband of Grýla.
The Icelandic Santa clause consists
of 13 brothers. Here is part three the last part of the rebels :-)
Icelandic children place a shoe in their bedroom window each evening in the 13 days before Christmas. Every night one santa claus visits, leaving sweets and small gifts or rotting potatoes, depending on how that particular child has behaved on the preceding day. Each Santa has a specific idiosyncrasy and will therefore behave in a particular manner.
Bjúgnakrækir (Sausage Swiper)
Sausage Swiper hides in the rafters and pilfers pork links while they’re smoking.
Gluggagægir (Window Peeper)
This troll looks through your windows in search of things to steal. Pretty sure this is a felony.
Gáttaþefur (Doorway Sniffer)
Easily identified by his abnormally large nose, Doorway Sniffer uses his acute sense of smell to find Laufabrauo, a traditional Icelandic bread.
Ketkrókur (Meat Hook)
Meat Hook uses a hook to steal meat. Pretty self explanatory.
Kertasníkir (Candle Stealer)
This troll follows children so he can steal their candles and then eat them. Pretty sure this is also a felony.
Have a Very Happy Holiday and Be Good…
Or Gryla, the mother of all the Yule Lads, will abduct you!
Leppalúði the husband of Grýla, not that evil, but a lazy one.
This is real Icelandic lore and you can learn more about it here.
Brining a turkey the Martha way.
We have used this Martha Stewart method for 3 years now and it is safe to say it has brilliant results!
7 quarts (28 cups) water
1 1/2 cups coarse salt
6 bay leaves
2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
1 tablespoon dried juniper berries
2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon black or brown mustard seeds
1 fresh whole turkey (18 to 20 pounds), patted dry, neck and giblets reserved for stock, liver reserved for stuffing
1 bottle dry Riesling
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
6 garlic cloves, crushed
1 bunch fresh thyme
- 1. Step 1
Bring 1 quart water, the salt, bay leaves, and spices to a simmer, stirring until salt has dissolved. Let cool for 5 minutes.
- 2. Step 2
Line a 5-gallon container with a large brining or oven-roasting bag. Place turkey in bag. Add salt mixture, remaining 6 quarts (24 cups) water, and the other ingredients. Tie bag; if turkey is not submerged, weight it with a plate. Refrigerate for 24 hours, flipping turkey once.
Here is a video of a slightly different brining ingredients.