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#SwedishChristmas: How the julbock went from demonic creature to straw figure

Now mostly a nice Christmas decoration, the julbock was once considered demonic. Photo: Mats Åstrand/TT

Published: 18.Dec.2018 08:49 hrs

Every day until Christmas Eve, The Local explains the unique history behind Swedish Christmas traditions in our own Advent calendar.

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These days, the julbock (Christmas goat) is mainly a popular piece of holiday décor fashioned out of straw that gets global media coverage when a giant version, the Gävle goat, is inevitably set ablaze by arsonists.

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