If you were reading this blog last year, you’d know I have a deep and utterly irrational love of the Swedish julbock. Nothing says Yule to me quite like it. The city of Gävle has celebrated the last 46 years or so by erecting a giant julbock. It has also become a bit of a tradition for people to attempt to commit arson and burn it to the ground. Here are the statistics on it’s survival rate:
Survived – 14 times
Kindling – 26 times
Mutilated – 3 times
Hit by a car – 1 time
Stolen – 1 time, in 1973. In 2010, an effort was made to steal it by helicopter. It survived.
The good folks of Gävle have even set up a webcam for you to watch the goat on, if you are so inclined. The site is in Swedish but you don’t need to speak or read it to see the webcam.
There is also a Twitter feed for our dear friend, so you can keep up with him there too.
Additionally, they have set up a blog for our dear friend, in Swedish and English.
This year there is also a Facebook event page taking bets on when the poor guy will go up in flames. You pick a day and and hour block that you believe he will get destroyed. If you are correct, the person running it will send you your own mini julbock. Obviously, this is not affiliated with the city of Gävle.
For me, this is what kicks off the Yuletide season more than anything else, so I hope you’ll enjoy this little bit of fun with me.