471. Monsters Like Celebratory Child Sacrifice [Holiday Edition]

The internet loves cats. You can’t shake a dead cat around the internet without running into another picture of a cat. But if you’re a child, you don’t want to encounter Iceland’s Yule Cat around Christmas. Because if you do, it means two things:

  1.  You’ve been lazy and did not do all your chores.
  2.  You should prepare to be eaten as a sacrifice to the Jólakötturinn, AKA The Yule Cat.

How does the Yule Cat spot a lazy child? The lazy child is not wearing at least one article of new clothing because only an active child who does all their chores will have new clothing.

Are you thinking what we’re thinking, dear reader? Poor Icelandic children. If they don’t do their chores, they’re eaten, and the reward for being good is new pants.

What a racket!

Monsters Like Celebratory Child Sacrifice


Jim MacKenzie is an amateur futurist on his way to guru-hood. He studied journalism and works in television. Jim writes for several blogs, including The Incredible Vanishing Paperweight and the satirical horror site StuffMonsterslike.com. Jim and his SML co-blogger, Sarah Giavedoni, have started a holiday, ticked off celebrities and tried to purchase the lunar surface. In his spare time, Jim likes listening to rock music, reading, giving away free books at his nonprofit "The POP Project" and trying to catch the real Thomas Wolfe Home arsonist.

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