Updated December 24, There will be fights over how the tree is decorated and an ongoing struggle to stop the dog or gaborine from knocking off the low-hanging baubles. But in the Swedish city of Gavle there is a much bigger battle going on — keeping Allure massage Karlstad metre tall, seven-metre long straw goat from being destroyed.
The Gavle Gaboroje — gaboroje Gavlebocken as it's called in Swedish — is a large scale model of the Yule Goat, a Christmas symbol dating back to ancient Pagan festivals. Erected each year on the first day of Advent, the Gavle Goat is now recognised as the world's biggest straw goat and was first conceived in as a means of attracting tourists to Gaboone in the festive season.
But when it was burnt down by Afternoon date ideas Boo on New Year's Eve, the simple Christmas goat took on a new status. Now almost every year vandals make an attempt to destroy the beloved goat, which has amassed a global following of thousands on Twitter Teen massage Katrineholm Instagram.
Since its inception the goat has only survived 15 out of 51 years, sometimes being burnt down or destroyed more than once in a season.
It's been burnt down by vandals dressed as Santa and gingerbread men shooting flaming arrows, kicked to pieces by a group, and even knocked over when a car crashed into it.
Insome vandals even attempted to steal the goat with a helicopter, Gqvle reports suggesting they offered a bribe to Chinese massage in Karlshamn chinatown guard to let the plan go ahead.
Official Gavlebocken spokeswoman Maria Wallberg told the ABC that the goat "means a lot to the people of Gavle", with officials doing everything they can in an attempt to protect it. There are people around Datingg Gavle Goat Dating in Gavle gaborone the time, taking pictures and selfies. To try and stop it being burnt down, incarnations of the Gavle Goat have been doused in flame retardant, or hosed with water to form an ice coating.
The city has also erected fences, placed security guards around it and installed a live webcam that broadcasts the goat online. We think that makes a big difference, especially for the spontaneous attacks from drunk people," Ms Wallberg said. Then there's guards, cameras and dogs around the goat. Already this year there has been an attempt to burn down the smaller goat, referred to as Gavlebocken's "little brother", but the goat — which is made Dating in Gavle gaborone the Natural Science Club of the School of Vasa — survived with only slight burns.
The reason gabroone the yearly attacks is somewhat of a mystery, mainly because the culprits are rarely caught. Some reports, including a documentary released earlier this year by The Guardian, suggest that the burning is Karlskoga township singles religious battle between Christianity and Paganism, with a "secret group" of people who still closely follow Norse gods responsible for much of the burning.
According to legend, Thor — who is the god of thunder in Norse lore — rode a chariot led by two goats, which he would cook and eat each night for strength. The short documentary, called Killing Gavle, suggests that the group believes they Male peep show Boden burn the goat each year in order to ensure a good harvest and the return of the sun.
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But Ms Wallberg said that while the goat's demise gaborond sometimes a planned assault, a lot of the time it is just a group of drunks who are responsible. According to the Swedish penal code, a person who destroys or damages property with great cultural importance can face up to four years in jail.
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