Jólaköttur: The Christmas Cat of Iceland

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Area(s) Reported: Iceland
Date(s) Reported: 1800~Present

Jólaköttur -- which literally translates as "Christmas Cat" -- is a gigantic feline reported to hunt out unfortunate victims to eat on Christmas Eve in Iceland. But it's easy to avoid; it won't attack anyone wearing new clothing. Of course, in the past any piece of new clothing would have been hard to find or afford in Iceland; so children relied on parents, and parents often relied on their employers... and fear of the Christmas Cat was a worry indeed!

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See also: Grýla
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