Yule – Icelandic jólasveinar (jóla-sveinn – a yule-lad)

Our jólasveinar (yule-lads) are our late forefathers to whom we used to pay reverence at yuletide

Paying reverence to ancestors may have been banned during the dark ages of Roman-Empire rules about what to worship only. But of course we kept on bringing gifts to wights, and elves, and late forefathers during the delicate time yule-tide.
If we have heard of our Icelandic jólasveinar as bad guys stealing food and frightening kids, know this to be Churchian lies. But we might have used little lies in turn: Oh, they came from the mountains and stole some food – (but that was, of course, our offerings to them — smile).