I forgot about writing on the giant straw Christmas goat in Sweden this past Christmas. They build one every year, a big 43 foot tall one which weighs 3 tons. Almost every year it is burned down by vandals. Last year they put some special fireproof materials on it, and one of the officials said, “not even napalm can set fire to the goat now”. To me, that sounds like a challenge…
So I looked online to find out what happened this past year, and I found out there are two giant straw goats built there each year. One of them was burned down this past year (2007). I also found out there are people who make bets on when the goat will be burned down. And in the mid-1980s, there was a guy named Gunnar Hedman who built a 41 foot goat with the help of other village peoples, then after Christmas they burn it down.
I want to build a giant straw Christmas goat, too. It would be a huge tourism attraction. This was discussed some last year, when we decided to build it in Mango-Man’s yard, since he has a few acres and lives outside the city limits (so we wouldn’t be subject to city ordinances and such, although they may not have laws against giant straw goats). We’d sell nachos and hot chocolate, and we’d build bonfires where you can roast marshmallows. And then at some point we’d burn the goat down, since that’s part of the tradition. It would be a great time. We could even sell miniature straw goats that people can put under their Christmas tree and then burn whenever they want to.
Sadly, Mango-Man has thus far failed to see the ingeniousness of this plan, and he’s resisting. But we will keep after him, until he relents or a more suitable place is found. Someday this will happen, though, and it will be awesome. (And you heard it here first!) It can become one of our holiday traditions.
FYI, the Guinness world record for a giant straw Christmas goat is 49 feet high, held by the same people that build one every year. I’m thinking we can break that, and then we’d be famous.