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.