Christmas Goat Down! - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Christmas Goat Down!

Published November 10, 2013

The Christmas Goat has been once again felled by high winds, although it has managed to escape being set on fire.
As reported, the six-metre-tall straw Christmas Goat – originally from Sweden – was last month raised in front of the IKEA in Garðabær. DV now reports that high winds have once again claimed the goat.
The Christmas goat has not had a successful time of it in Iceland, being set on fire twice and torn down by high winds once before.
An electric fence was put around the goat this year to protect it from arson. “We went to an agricultural shop, got ourselves a real horse fence, and raised it around [the goat]. We hope that the goat will be left alone,” Þórarinn Ævarsson, the managing director of IKEA, told reporters at the time.
The Christmas goat is a very recent Swedish tradition dating back to 1966. No immediate statement from IKEA was available at the time of this writing.
(The above photo is from the 2011 Christmas goat wind tragedy.)

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