If you think about it, most modern Christmas myths/beliefs are pretty strange. Take for example the mainstream Santa Claus story: he’s a big, fat, magical man that flies through the sky in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer (one of which known for having a glowing nose) bringing toys to the children of the world all in one night by sliding down their chimneys. Put in this way, it sounds pretty strange. But at least it’s all kept fun and jovial with Santa.
Enter the Christmas Cat
And that’s not all folks. Iceland also has the “Christmas cat.” Sounds harmless, right? Nope. This Yule Cat is known as an enormous, monstrous feline that eats any poor soul that doesn’t receive new clothes before Christmas Eve. This was typically used as incentive for the workers of wool mills to finish the production of the fall wool before Christmas, lest they would be eaten. Let he who hath understanding reckon the wrath of the yule cat! It is somewhat along the lines of Lewis Carrol's Cheshire Cat, except much worse!