The Christmas Cat

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Icelandic folklore states that everyone has to get one new piece of clothing at Christmas. Anyone who was left out is in danger of being eaten by a gruesome feline called the Christmas Cat.

The Christmas Cat belongs to Grýla – the terrible mother of the Yule Lads – so that is where it gets its terrible manners, and every effort is made to ensure that no-one in the family gets caught by it. Cat flaps are not popular in Iceland for this reason.

This cheeky Christmas Cat was shared with me by Deborah Willot.

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