The Christmas Goat Is Here! - The Reykjavik Grapevine

The Christmas Goat Is Here!

Published November 4, 2011

IKEA in Garðabær has raised a Swedish Christmas goat, which will hopefully not be set on fire.
Better known as the Gävle Goat, it is made of straw, and usually made to stand for two days at the start of Advent. The idea, conceived by Stig Gavlén in 1966, has initiated a tradition of raising a large straw goat, although it is usually burned down by vandals every other year.
The goat has now been raised again, only not just in Sweden – the IKEA in Garðabær now boasts a goat of their own.
Such a goat was erected last year as well, but was quickly burned to the ground, as this security footage from IKEA shows. IKEA has promised better security measures in place this year.
You can follow the adventures of the Gävle Goat on its fan page, which features straw goats past and present.


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