The Swedish Christmas Goat
The Swedish Christmas Goat. Well, I love that little bugger. Made of straw and dressed often in red ribbons, the Christmas Goat makes it appearance early on Christmas Eve morning* in many houses around Sweden (but mainly in the north from what I’ve been told).
As darkness still reigns outside, we all gather in the main house ready for the Christmas festivities to start. We will eat Christmas porridge sprinkled with cinnamon, chat about the day ahead and drink coffee and tea. We will light the fire and be filled with Christmas glee. But as Santa is not arriving until the afternoon, what’s a girl to do? Luckily, the Christmas Goat is there to save the day, with a gift for each family member, just a little something to hold you over.
And our family Christmas Goat up in the north where we are now, is quite the beast, I’ve never seen one so um…majestic! It’s a very healthy goat that has obviously had a good life. More room for the gifts, so lucky it’s Viking sized to match our growing family. In previous years I’ve received fashion magazines in English, a shawl to keep me warm and red slippers, I don’t know how he does it, but the goat just always seems to know what would make a girl happy….
Wherever you are in the world, I wish you a happy and magically Christmas! May the Christmas Goat find you too…
*In Sweden we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve. They like to get in early.