Christmas kitties

Merry Christmas! Here are a few felids to brighten your day, though you should be ignoring this site and celebrating, eating, giving presents, and the like.

The best way to cross-country ski:

Andy Warhol’s rendition of a Christmas cat:

A festive Festivus tree:


Buzzfeed has “19 cats in Christmas trees whose prey is exclusively ornaments and string lights“. Here are a few photos:



Here’s a heartwarming story from LoveMeow. It’s about a 4½ year old boy named Tyson, whose family home burned down during the recent wildfires around Paradise, California. Their two beloved cats, Optimus (a black cat) and Bumblebee (a tabby), went missing after the fire.

Tyson wrote a letter to Santa asking for a leash and collar in case his beloved cats were found, so that they could stray no longer.

A feline rescue center picked up the slack, and, after more than a month, trapped both of the cats near the burned home. They were returned to their staff, and once again Tyson can cuddle his beloved moggies.


Finally, here’s the story of Jólakötturinn, The Icelandic Yule Cat. I didn’t know about this monstrous felid, but Wikipedia and National Geographic give details. From Wikipedia:

The Yule Cat (Icelandic: Jólakötturinn) is a monster from Icelandic folklore, a huge and vicious cat said to lurk about the snowy countryside during Christmas time and eat people who have not received any new clothes to wear before Christmas Eve. The Yule Cat has become associated with other figures from Icelandic folklore as the house pet of the giantess Grýla and her sons, the Yule Lads.

The threat of being eaten by the Yule Cat was used by farmers as an incentive for their workers to finish processing the autumn wool before Christmas. The ones who took part in the work would be rewarded with new clothes, but those who did not would get nothing and thus would be preyed upon by the monstrous cat. The cat has alternatively been interpreted as merely eating away the food of ones without new clothes during Christmas feasts.  The perception of the Yule Cat as a man-eating beast was partly popularized by the poet Jóhannes úr Kötlum in his poem Jólakötturinn.

There is a short cartoon about the Yule Cat, created by Justin East with music by Danny Elfman

And here’s that cartoon:

You can see a bunch of pictures of Jólakötturinn here.

h/t: Tom, Jane


  1. BJ
    Posted December 25, 2018 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Hooray for Tyson and his cats!

    • Merilee
      Posted December 25, 2018 at 11:04 am | Permalink


  2. Posted December 25, 2018 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I’m currently helping with record keeping for a cat rescue associated with Field Haven. These folks are doing a great job feeding & watering the many cats still out in the fire zones, trapping them when possible, and reuniting several a day with grateful owners.

    All this done amidst chaos and disorganization, and despite the overt hindering of their efforts by the county and its designated rescue org, who insist all the remaining cats are dead.

    Consider supporting Field Haven.

    • BJ
      Posted December 25, 2018 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

      That’s wonderful, Matt. Thanks for letting me know.

      Is this the correct website? I’d like to donate.

      Also, I order tons of stuff through Amazon, and I always use Amazon Smile (for those who don’t know, Amazon Smile donates a small amount of money from your order to a charity of your choice every time you buy something). So far, I’ve “donated” about $21.00 to a local cat shelter in Portland, OR, after doing much research on which feline charities devote the most of their resources to their actual work. I couldn’t find any ratings or stats on your charity, but it sounds like they do great work, and they are available to choose on Amazon Smile, so I’m going to switch to them.

      • Merilee
        Posted December 25, 2018 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

        Where do you find Amazon Smile on the site? I wonder if the Canuck version has it.

        • BJ
          Posted December 25, 2018 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

          instead of “” type “”

          Or, I imagine in Canada, it’s “”

          OK, I just tried it with, and it doesn’t exist. Perhaps this program isn’t available for Amazon Canada 😦

          • Merilee
            Posted December 25, 2018 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

            Thanks, BJ. I occasionally use .com when I can’t find what I want on .ca, but since I have Prime, I do try to use

            • BJ
              Posted December 25, 2018 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

              Oh, I didn’t know you could use .com if you live in Canada! Well, if you want to switch your Prime account to .com (or maybe it simply carries over?), then you could use Smile.

              Actually, I’m curious if you can use something like Prime Video’s on demand service from the .com site in Canada. Does Canada have the same release dates and content as the US on services like Netflix, Amazon, etc.? I know it’s different in other countries, but perhaps North America is treated as a single region, just as it is with DVDs/Blurays/video games.

              • Merilee Olson
                Posted December 25, 2018 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

                We have amazon prime streaming in Canada, but the release dates and content are not exactly the same as in the US. Same with Netflix. Not sure why.

                Typo ergo sum Merilee


              • Merilee
                Posted December 25, 2018 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

                My son and family are in BC, so I especially want to take advantage of prime’s free shipping to anywhere in Canada.

      • Posted December 25, 2018 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

        That’s them. (I also run a horse rescue non-profit that’s on smile, in case anyone wants to support those creatures.)

  3. BJ
    Posted December 25, 2018 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    So glad for Tyson and his masters! What a merry Christmas story.

  4. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted December 25, 2018 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Image search link broken.

    Maybe this will work:

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted December 25, 2018 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

      … worked for me.

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