Blogmas 2017 Day 6: The Gävle Goat

If you followed my blogmas last year, you may remember I wrote about the Gävle Goat in the city of Gävle in the north of Sweden.  Every year since 1966, a 13m Yulbocken or Christmas goat or is erected in the town hall square in Gävle.  In case you are wondering why a goat, this goat is a Christmas symbol in Scandinavia, and traditionally, used to bring the presents. The thing about this goat is that during the history of Gävlebocken (the Gävle Goat), it has been attacked or destroyed 34 times.  In 1976 it was rammed by a car, in 1998 someone managed to burn it down during a blizzard, and in 2005, it was most bizarrely attacked by people dressed as Santa Claus and gingerbread men carrying bows and arrows. Last year it burned down on the first day.

Anyway, this year there are apparently special precautions being taken to keep it safe.  You can keep an eye on the goat through the webcam, and he is also on Twitter @Gavlebocken

The goat – picture source here

Feature image taken from this site.

You can find Thistles and Kiwis on Facebook, and also on Instagram @thistleandkiwis.  As for Twitter….am totally inactive these days.  If you want to get in touch, email me on

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