December 11, 2018 ☼ article
While passing through the city of Gävle, Sweden one our return-trip from Denmark last summer my wife told me hilarious story of the Gävle Goat, and now is just the right time to share it here.
The Gävle Goat (Swedish: Gävlebocken) is a traditional Christmas display erected annually at Slottstorget (Castle Square) in central Gävle, Sweden. It is a giant version of a traditional Swedish Yule Goat figure made of straw. It is erected each year at the beginning of Advent over a period of two days by local community groups, and has become famous for being destroyed in arson attacks during December. Despite security measures and the nearby presence of a fire station, the goat has been burned to the ground most years since its first appearance in 1966. As of December 2017, the goat has been damaged 37 times.
According to this article(also linked in the Wikipedia entry) by the time of this writing the goat is up and still standing. I think though I will keep an eye open check in a little later again. Also I find this story adds to the christmas spirit in a peculiar way.