The Gävle Goat (Gävlebocken) is a traditional Christmas display erected annually at Slottstorget in central Gävle, Sweden. It is a giant version of
a traditional Swedish Yule Goat figure made of straw. It is erected each year at the beginning of Advent, and has become famous for being destroyed in
arson attacks during December. Despite security measures and the nearby presence of a fire station, the goat has been burned to the ground most years
since its first appearance in 1966.
Since 1986 there have been two Yule Goats built in Gävle: the Gävle Goat by the Southern Merchants and the Yule Goat built by the Natural Science
Club of the School of Vasa.
Only one time a person was caught with burning the Goat, an American named Lawrence Jones.. He thought it was a tradition in Sweden, it sorta is..
at 11PM local time in Sweden, just a couple of hours after it was in place.
No, it's been burned down many times. It's just that the American guy was the only guy to get caught doing it and he claimed he thought it was
tradition as it's been set fire to so many times before. As stated in the OP.
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