Jólakötturinn, a.k.a. The Yule Cat, is a dreaded feline monster of Icelandic folklore.
Appearance: Jólakötturinn appears as a gigantic cat. For an image of the Yule Cat, click HERE.
Lore: According to folklore the Yule Cat roams the land around Christmas-time, peeking in windows and stalking families. The Yule Cat searches for children wearing old clothing. When a suitable child is found the Yule Cat waits for the opportune moment to attack and kill the child. The child's corpse is then dragged back to the beast's lair to be devoured.
Powers: The Yule Cat possesses great physical strength.
Defense Against Jólakötturinn: The only way to repel the monster is for children to wear new clothing around Christmas.
The Icelandic Yule Cat
Golau Glau - The Yule Cat
The Yule Cat