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:
- You’ve been lazy and did not do all your chores.
- 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!