The Straw Goat is traditional in Sweden (which I did not know), but torching it has apparently become a tradition of its own. The goat is not supposed to be torched. Yet, despite the fact that someone tries to do this every year, they haven’t tried making it out of non-flammable materials. They tried fireproofing it, but gave that up when the fireproofing discolored it. (What do you call it when you do the same thing repeatedly, while hoping for a different outcome?)
Ha! So that is why we have a little straw goat christmas tree decoration! [my parents had a swedish student visit them back in the early 60s for a month] It must have been a visitors gift.
We have some strange christmas tree decorations that my parents got over the years, manay of which my brother and I have absolutely no explaination of, and my mom is crackers and doesnt remember her breakfast let alone some obscure christmas decoration.