Big birth­day, but no can­dles for Swe­den's Christmas goat

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

TUES­DAY, NOVEM­BER 29, 2016

Swe­den's Christmas Goat - a gi­ant dec­o­ra­tive goat made of straw and wood - is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th birth­day, but rev­el­ers are be­ing asked to keep the can­dles away. Ev­ery Christmas sea­son since 1966, the city of Gavle in cen­tral Swe­den builds a gi­ant ver­sion of the straw goat - an an­cient Scan­di­na­vian Yule­tide char­ac­ter that pre­cedes Santa Claus as a bringer of gifts.

But it also at­tracts ar­son­ists and sel­dom sur­vives the sea­son with­out some­one try­ing to burn it down. To im­prove its odds this year, the goat set up on Sun­day was equipped with closed-cir­cuit TV. Af­ter the Gavle goat was torched last year, po­lice ar­rested a drunken sus­pect wear­ing clothes cov­ered in soot and reek­ing of lighter fluid. — AP

Tra­di­tional Christmas goat is un­veiled in Gavle, Swe­den, Sun­day. — AP

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