Sweden A giant Christmas straw goat that has been targeted in a violent Christmas tradition for four decades in Sweden was burned down yet again on Saturday, an official said.
“It was set on fire early in the morning; it’s very sad,” goat committee spokeswoman Anna Ostman said. “People from 105 countries have followed the goat via the Web cams and many become really sad when they learn that he’s burned down. We have heard from a lot of people, including the United States.”
Vandals have burned the 43-foot-high goat 23 times since it was first set up in the central Swedish city of Gavle on Dec. 3, 1966, to mark the holiday season.
The traditional yuletide goat has also been smashed several times, run over by a car and had its legs cut off.
A year ago the goat made it through the holiday season.
In 2005, the goat was burned down by two arsonists dressed up as Santa Claus and the Gingerbread Man. They were never caught.