A Scary Christmas Tradition
The Christmas Cat comes from an Icelandic children’s story, part of the giantess Grýla’s household. Grýla and Leppalúði are the parents of the 13 Icelandic yule lads. The Christmas Cat is said to eat children who do not receive clothing as Christmas presents. The feline was made famous in a 1932 poem by Icelandic poet Jóhannes úr Kötlum. Björk also recorded a popular version of the song in the late 1980s.