The Yule Lad that will be visiting the children of Iceland tonight is Askasleikir or Bowl Licker. He is the last of the lickers in the Yule Lad bunch.
Askasleikirs favorite bowl to lick is called an askur. It is a traditional wooden bowl with a hinged lid. In the old days Icelandics used to live in turf houses which were very small and the kitchen would double as a bedroom at night. Everyone had their own askur (wooden bow) and Bowl Licker would wait for the perfect opportunity to sneak the bowl away from the owner and lay underneath the bed to lick the bowl clean.
Nowadays poor Bowl Licker is lucky if there is a dirty bowl for him to lick clean.