Julbock: Sweden’s Legendary Yule Goat

Julbock: Sweden’s Legendary Yule Goat
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes Trimming the Christmas tree is a special time for many people around the world. Memories from childhood are often tenderly tucked away in boxes filled with sentimental ornaments that bring joy to the holidays.  In Sweden and other Scandinavian countries, there’s a popular goat-like figure made of straw and red ribbon usually found under the tree or nestled among the branches. This is the Julbock, which translates into English as “Yule buck” or “Christmas buck,” a symbol of good tidings and cheer.  Seeped in history, the Julbock stems from Norse mythology — ancient fables of the North Germanic peoples (Scandinavians/Nordics) during the Viking Age (790 to 1066 AD). This was a period in time during the Middle Ages when Norsemen know as Vikings raided many parts of Northern Europe and westward toward Greenland and Iceland.  One account centers around the Norse god, Thor, who rode the sky in a golden chariot

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