New York-based photographer Brooke Goldman was dead on her feet when she saw one of the funniest sights of her life. She had just dragged herself out of bed to walk her travel-bound boyfriend to the train station, and was wandering through the city in a sleepy haze. While walking past one building, she noticed something off about the small nativity scene set up in front of it, specifically that the manger’s usual occupant had been replaced. Sitting in the red basket instead was a very round and very grumpy cat.

“I was laughing my ass off,” Goldman told The Dodo. Judging by the feline’s expression, he was going for more of a ‘Grinch’ vibe than a ‘joy to the world’ one, but whether he liked it or not, he definitely inspired at least a little bit of holiday cheer. “I guess you can definitely say he brought me joy while I was walking home. It was mood-lifting, most definitely,” Goldman said.

Since she didn’t feel like keeping all of that positivity to herself, Goldman snapped a pic of the scowling Scrooge and shared it for the whole world to see. Scroll down to check out the ‘cat-tivity’ for yourself, and let us know how much better your day is afterward. As Goldman herself said, “a good animal pic can cure anything.”

When you think of a nativity scene, this is usually what you picture in your head, right?

Image credits: tommyvercetti

Well, one cat in New York decided to switch up the story a bit, and was spotted by photographer Brooke Goldman

Image credits: Brooke Goldman

“I was laughing my ass off,” Goldman said

Image credits: Brooke Goldman

“A good animal pic can cure anything”

Image credits: Brooke Goldman

Though we’re sure he didn’t mean to, he inspired some major holiday cheer on the Internet

Is this cat-tivity better than the original nativity? Tell us below!

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