Christmas Goat Returns, Laughs In The Face Of Almost Certain Destruction - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Christmas Goat Returns, Laughs In The Face Of Almost Certain Destruction

Published October 17, 2016

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The Christmas Goat has once again been erected at IKEA in Garðabær, Vísir reports, despite the very real possibility that it will once again be set on fire or torn down by winds.

Many of our readers might be familiar with the continuing misadventures of the beast, which is made of straw fastened around a thin metal frame. Just as is often the case in its native Sweden, the Christmas goat in Iceland has been subjected to all kinds of hardship over the years.

In both 2010 and 2012, vandals set fire to the goat. In 2011 and 2013, unusually high winds tore down the goat, whose thin metal frame was unable to stand up against Iceland’s trademark gusts.

Last year, the goat set itself on fire, in a way – faulty wiring in the Christmas lights reportedly sparked an ignition of the straw, and its glorious destruction was captured on video:

How long the Christmas goat will last this year still remains to be seen.

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