Count yourself lucky if you find an ugly sweater, homemade bunny suit, or six pack of tube socks under the Christmas tree with your name on it this year. The well-meaning gift giver may have just saved your life. Jólaköttur, Iceland's mythic feline answer to Anna Wintour, could gobble you up if you aren't sporting new duds on December 25th.
Move over Krampus, there's a new vintage Christmas monster in town - the original grumpy cat.
|Yule Cat by Quizzical-Squidopus|
Iceland's Jóhannes úr Kötlum gave the legend a more uplifting twist in his nineteenth century poem, Jólakötturinn. The poet ends his cautionary tale by suggesting the listener seek out the poor and unfortunate and make sure they would be spared by giving them new clothes for Christmas.
The tradition of wearing new clothes on December 25 persists to this day in Iceland. So who knows if Jólaköttur is really a myth. I'd think twice about shunning that ugly Christmas sweater you received if I were you. That sweet looking kitten under the tree might be waiting to gobble you up.