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2009-12-22

attributes of Christmas

A Yule goat and a gingerbread house at a café in Gallerian indoor shopping centre. Two very traditional Swedish Christmas attributes. The most famous Yule goat in Sweden is the Gävle Goat, a gigantic straw goat put up every Christmas in Gävle (160 km north-north-west of Stockholm) and burned down almost as often.

Gallerian (map) 17 December 2009

7 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

You caught well this spot of light in the darkness around.

Lena Johansson said...

Miniatyres are nice special a miniatyre goat :-))
Nice photo!

B SQUARED said...

Is the burning of the goat an act of vandalism or political protest?

Halcyon said...

I like the idea of a yule goat. What do you do with it?

Alexander said...

Very interesting captures. Well spotted. This is new to me. Thanks!

Lilian said...

Burning the Yule Goat is a religious celebration

Peter Fristedt said...

Religion or no religion, the goat was burnt down a few days before Christmas.

I just remembered: Once an innocent tourist was lured into becoming an arsonist. He thought he had won a competition, but instead the police came and arrested him.

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