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Yule Cat

Icelandic Folklore

The Yule Cat

Icelandic Folklore

Who likes the idea of idea of an unstoppable giant festive fairy cat with a taste for human flesh? 

The Yule Cat is one of a variety of Icelandic Christmastime monsters like Mother Gryla and her children the Yule Lads; a giant cat that prowls the longest nights of the year with glowing eyes like a Black Dog of Britain or Hellhound. 

The Yule Cat themselves seems to have a dual purpose in the spreading of Yuletide cheer, via being a supernatural enforcer. Ungrateful children who refuse to wear their new clothes are fair game for this Christmas Kaiju to stalk and kill if it catches them outside, parents too mean to get new clothes for their kids are at risk of their house being destroyed and all the food they need to get through winter being gobbled up by the other-worldy monster leaving the whole family to starve. 

But as you may have already noticed, there’s a simple answer to avoid the Yule Cat: Gift and wear new clothes in the holidays! The smell of new clothes drives the holiday haunting beast away. Never be grumpy again when you have a parcel with new socks, get them right on your feet to ward away the grumpiest cat across the netherworlds.

Written by lukegreensmithscarybits

Art by Wanda Fraser , THOU in partnership with The Ghost Story Guys Podcast

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