Dismiss Notice

Welcome To CK5!

Registering is free and easy! Hope to see you on the forums soon.

Score a FREE t-shirt and membership sticker when you sign up for a Premium Membership and choose the recurring plan.

Christmas Goat

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Cricket, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. Cricket

    Cricket 3/4 ton status

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2004
    Posts:
    8,224
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Colorado
    Sun Dec 3, 10:35 AM

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - For 40 years it has been torched, vandalized, had its legs cut off and even been run over by a car. But officials in the Swedish city of Gavle are guaranteeing that this year's giant straw Christmas goat _ the victim of Sweden's most violent yule tradition _ will survive unscathed.

    The 43-foot-high goat _ a centuries-old yule symbol that preceded Santa Claus as the bringer of gifts to Swedish homes _ has been burned down 22 times since it was first set up in Gavle's square on Dec. 3, 1966.

    But for its 40th anniversary Sunday, officials think they have finally outsmarted the resourceful vandals by dousing the battered ram with flame-resistant chemicals normally used on airplanes.

    "It is impossible to burn it to the ground this year, although you might be able to singe its paws," said Anna Ostman, a spokeswoman for the committee in charge of building the goat. "After 40 years, we think we finally found the solution."

    The company providing the fireproof treatment is so sure of its resilience that its spokesman Freddy Klassmo told newspaper Aftonbladet that "not even napalm can set fire to the goat now."

    For those who want to follow its fate, a 24-hour Web cam has been set up to film the straw goat where it stands on the central square in Gavle, 90 miles north of Stockholm. However, the security guards that have watched over previous versions have been called off, Ostman said.

    "We can sleep very soundly at night now," she said. "The goat can too."

    While the origins of the Christmas goat are unclear, the symbol is believed to date back to Norse mythology and the two goats that drew the carriage of Thor, the god of thunder.

    Many Swedes place a small straw goat underneath their Christmas tree, or hang miniature versions on the branches.

    Since 1966, just 10 of Gavle's giant goats have survived beyond Christmas Day. Aside from being burned, several were beaten down and the 1976 goat was hit by a car.

    The vandals are seldom caught, but the 2001 culprit _ 51-year-old American Lawrence Jones _ was convicted and spent 18 days in jail.

    The 2005 vandals _ who witnesses said were dressed up as Santa Claus and the Gingerbread Man _ remain at large. The pair fired flaming arrows at the goat, reducing it to its steel skeleton.
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2007
  2. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2004
    Posts:
    14,681
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    High velocity, Low altitude
    Its still not as bad as what happens to the goats in Fumes' yard.:eek1: :D
     
  3. gjk5

    gjk5 3/4 ton status

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2004
    Posts:
    5,312
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Grand Junction, CO
    You know, I'm from a border town and when you say christmas goat I think gutted skinned and splayed out over a fire. MMMM, Cabrito.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Cricket

    Cricket 3/4 ton status

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2004
    Posts:
    8,224
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Colorado
    When one is starving, one will eat most anything. :D
     
  5. gjk5

    gjk5 3/4 ton status

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2004
    Posts:
    5,312
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Grand Junction, CO
    Don't knock it 'til you've tried it. It's some gooooood stuff.


    We used to go out to this old mexican guy's trailer, go out in a field and pick the one we wanted. I took a friend from VA one time, we picked and the old dude pulled a .22 revolver out of his pocket and POP! Xmas dinner. The look on my buddy's face was priceless!

    The old guy cleaned it in about 15 minutes and wrapped it and put it in the truck.
     
  6. OrangeCrushK10

    OrangeCrushK10 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2003
    Posts:
    1,425
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Square State + Suspension Item
    Damn. Now that's service! :bow:
     
  7. Cricket

    Cricket 3/4 ton status

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2004
    Posts:
    8,224
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Colorado
    I can sympathize completely. :haha:
     

Share This Page