Monday, December 7, 2015

Yule Goat

Yule Goat

The Yule Goat is a Scandinavian Christmas symbol.  Although research suggests it is rooted in Germanic and Nordic paganism, its origins may be linked to Thor, the Norse god who was believed to ride across the sky in a chariot drawn by goats. 

With 19th century Christianity came the evolution of the goat as an animal that St. Nicholas rode when he delivered gifts to good children.

Goats were also used to draw carts during the annual winter wassailing. Wassailing, also known as caroling, took place door-to-door as well as in orchards. The orchard visits included prayers and songs intended to ensure a bountiful harvest in the coming year.

Today’s Yule Goat is most commonly a Christmas ornament  - a folk art - made of straw and decorated with red ribbons.

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