Giant Swedish Christmas Goat Gets Torched

December 24, 2009  
Filed under Weird Stuff

“Arsonists set fire early on Wednesday to a giant straw statue of the Swedish Yule goat, a forerunner to Santa Claus in Sweden, defying security measures for a third year in a row.
 
Police in Gavle, north of Stockholm, said an unknown number of attackers had torched the goat in the early morning hours, leaving a blackened skeleton standing in the town square.
 
‘It’s a tradition to burn it down,’ Lofberg said. ‘It’s happened an untold number of times since the 1960s … it’s been burned down more years than it’s survived.'”
 
Reuters
 
A giant straw statue of a goat is just begging to be set on fire, haven’t the Swedes heard of concrete or steel?
 
A Swedish Yule goat is an abomination, Christmas ain’t about straw goats, it’s about Santa, Rudolph, drunken office parties and expensive gifts.
 
If I lived in Sweden, I would burn down the friggin’ goat. Sweden is covered in snow every day of the year, there’s no danger of the fire spreading, anyway.
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