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Stekkjastaur, after all, has a stiff peg leg.He is one of 13 mischievous troll brothers -- called the Yule Lads -- who have entertained and frightened Icelandic children for hundreds of years.Instead of a friendly Santa Claus, children in Iceland enjoy favors from the brothers, who come down from their mountain cave 13 days before Christmas, according to folklore.The Yule Lads, who speak Icelandic, admit sometime struggling with foreign languages.Gunnell said the Yule Lads had traditionally been used to discipline children when adults were busy preparing for the holiday.For the next 13 days leading to Christmas, Icelandic children will enjoy favors from the Icelandic Santas as they come down from the mountains one by one, with presents -- or a rotten potato in the case of bad behavior.
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