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Originally published December 21, 2013 at 8:08 AM | Page modified December 21, 2013 at 12:28 PM

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Swedish Christmas goat engulfed in flames - again

Vandals in Sweden have burned down for the 27th time a giant straw goat meant to symbolize Christmas spirit.


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COPENHAGEN, Denmark —

Vandals in Sweden have burned down for the 27th time a giant straw goat meant to symbolize Christmas spirit.

The 13-meter (43-foot) high and 3.6-ton heavy straw goat was engulfed in flames early Saturday after unidentified assailants attacked it in the Swedish town of Gavle, 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of Stockholm.

The straw goat is a centuries-old Scandinavian yule symbol that preceded Santa Claus as the bringer of gifts.

Since 1966, when the tradition of erecting the giant straw goat in the town square was introduced, Vandals have burnt it down 27 times.



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