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Yuletide Traditions: Greenery and Decorations
The Scandinavian Julboch (straw Yule goat) originated from Norse Mythology where Thor rode through the heavens in a chariot pulled by two goats. During the 19th century a Julbock would arrive with gifts for children at Yule festivities, symbolizing the gift giving of Saint Nicholas. Today, the Julbock has long been retired to the Yule tree and has been replaced by Father Christmas or the popular American Santa Claus. Photo by Nenyaki
Where Is the Julbock From?
The Yule Goat is one of the oldest Scandinavian Yule symbols and traditions. Its origins might go as far back as to pre-Christian days, where goats were connected to the Norse god Thor, who rode the sky in a chariot drawn by two goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr, and carried his hammer Mjöllnir.