Christmas Goat with Brown Ribbon, Ib Laursen. A traditional Scandinavian Christmas decoration.
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Where does the Christmas goat originate from? The tradition of the Christmas goat is mostly known in Scandinavia, but exactly when and how it became a Christmas tradition is not known for sure. One tale is that it is a relic of an old Viking custom at the winter solstice, where a goat was sacrificed, as a symbol of the thunder god Thor's goats, to have a good year.