Yule Cat

ICELAND: Jólakötturinn is the Yule Cat or Christmas Cat. In many Icelandic families, those who finished all their work on time receive new clothes for Christmas; those who were lazy did not (although this is mainly a threat). To encourage children to work hard, their parents told the tale of the Yule Cat, saying that Jólakötturinn could tell who the lazy children were because they did not have at least one new item of clothing for Christmas, and they would be sacrificed to the Yule Cat.: Cats have a funny way of finding themselves into another holiday. This time, the cat hails from Icelandic folklore with a huge ca, called Jolakotturum, roaming the area during the Christmas season. It is said that the cat will eat people who do not receive any new clothes on Christmas Eve. The Yule cat is said to be the house cat of the giantess Gryla who is the mother of the Yule Lads.

Aparently the icelandic Yule Cat is a real (as in real myth) thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_Cat {Scandinavia and the World}: The threat of being eaten by the Yule cat was used by farmers as an incentive to make sure their workers to finish processing the autumn wool before Christmas. The ones who took part would be rewarded with new clothes, while the others would get nothing and risk being preyed upon by the monstrous cat. Basically, the legend of the Yule Cat is eating people who do not wear new clothes to Christmas Eve dinner.

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