building our own giant straw Christmas goat

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In past years, we’ve discussed the giant straw Christmas goat built in Sweden every year.   I mean, what says Christmas like a 43-foot tall straw Christmas goat?  Well, I could probably think of a few things, but it’s tradition.  It’s also tradition for vandals to burn the goat down.

I could say a lot more, but it’s probably already been said in the first post, so I will link to that for your reading convenience: the Swedish Christmas goat.

I came across another article about it, and it’s rather funny.  Here’s that link: Goodness, Gracious Great (Swedish) Goats of Fire!  [link broken]

Here at Buffet o’ Blog, we are trying to start a tradition of building the next world-record-breaking giant straw Christmas goat, and then burning it down.   It would be one of the coolest things around (see the first link for details).   But so far, all we’ve done is start a tradition of Mango-Man saying it’s a great idea, but then he makes excuses (perhaps to protect his secret flower garden of ketunias), and it never happens.  Well, one of these years it will happen (with or without his consent — but if he gets a cut of the proceeds, he will realize what a great business opportunity it is).  The rest of the Buffet o’ Blog regulars have voted for this, so we’ve reached a consensus — a quorum, even — that this needs to happen.  When it does happen, it will be posted here first, so stay tuned.

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2 responses »

  1. Make it so! Perhaps Mango-Man has become afraid of change and new things. (Is he getting old?) I agree that if we just do it anyway and give him a cut of the proceeds for use of his land, he will think it’s a good idea. Money talks, they say. Plus burning a giant straw goat would be awesome! We could have local TV stations cover the event. We could be famous!

    Hey, if Mango-Man has grown any poinsettias in his secret flower garden, he could sell those, since it’s near Christmas. They’d probably sell like hotcakes. We could install a temporary fence around his prized ketunias to keep folks from trampling them.

    Besides, his yard is big enough that folks wouldn’t have to go near his house anyway, so they might not even see his flower patch. We only need about an acre or so…

  2. Is Mango-Man afraid of people not wanting to leave after the festivities? I have a solution. After we’ve sold all the concessions, eaten our fire-roasted marshmallows and hot dogs, drank our hot chocolate, and sold all the miniature straw goat keepsakes, then we’ll burn the giant goat down. Since this is the last event on the agenda, we’ll put a pile of manure in the belly of the goat, with some firecrackers, so once the burning is done, there will be great balls of burning poop raining from the sky. I guarantee that will clear the area!

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