The Christmas Cat Straight Out Of A Horror Movie
When most of us think of Christmas, the last thing you would think of is something scary. Well, if you grew up in Iceland or have family from Iceland you may have heard of the Christmas Cat. This isn’t a normal cat you would want to visit you either. It’s the kind of cat that comes and lures you in, then it eats you.
The Christmas Cat is also known as ” The Yule Cat” gobbles up those who don’t get offer clothing and kids who haven’t been good. This is the kind of cat that kids don’t want to see. Other countries have stories like Krampus and various other creatures that lurk at night in search of bad children.
No one really knows where the legend really came from. However, the poem by Jóhannes úr Kötlum helped make the cat famous. This is the kind of story you tell to kids to get them to act good for about 10 minutes. After the video, check out the full poem below and let us know your thoughts. Do you have any creepy Christmas stories or legends many not know about? Send us a message with your tale or experience.
Video Source – Inside Edition
The Horrifying Christmas Cat
Here’s the whole poem:
You all know the Yule Cat
And that Cat was huge indeed.
Or where he went.
People didn’t know where he came from
He opened his glaring eyes wide,
The two of them glowing bright.
It took a really brave man
To look straight into them.
His whiskers, sharp as bristles,
His back arched up high.
And the claws of his hairy paws
Were a terrible sight.
He gave a wave of his strong tail,
He jumped and he clawed and he hissed.
Sometimes up in the valley,
Sometimes down by the shore.
He roamed at large, hungry and evil
In the freezing Yule snow.
In every home
People shuddered at his name.
If one heard a pitiful “meow”
Something evil would happen soon.
Everybody knew he hunted men
But didn’t care for mice.
He picked on the very poor
That no new garments got
For Yule – who toiled
And lived in dire need.
From them he took in one fell swoop
Their whole Yule dinner
Always eating it himself
If he possibly could.
Hence it was that the women
At their spinning wheels sat
Spinning a colorful thread
For a frock or a little sock.
Because you mustn’t let the Cat
Get hold of the little children.
They had to get something new to wear
From the grownups each year.
And when the lights came on, on Yule Eve
And the Cat peered in,
The little children stood rosy and proud
All dressed up in their new clothes.
Some had gotten an apron
And some had gotten shoes
Or something that was needed
– That was all it took.
For all who got something new to wear
Stayed out of that pussy-cat’s grasp
He then gave an awful hiss
But went on his way.
Whether he still exists I do not know.
But his visit would be in vain
If next time everybody
Got something new to wear.
Now you might be thinking of helping
Where help is needed most.
Perhaps you’ll find some children
That have nothing at all.
Perhaps searching for those
That live in a lightless world
Will give you a happy day
And a Merry, Merry Yule.
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