It's been in a trunk, wrapped in white tissue paper for the past 11 months, but once again it sees the light of day.
I have no idea how old our Bock (Goat) is, but it must be about 50; they are still made much the same.
With several Swedes in the family, you won't be surprised to hear that that is its country of origin.
I believe that the Norse god Thor rode through the skies on a chariot (sleigh?) which was drawn by two goats; why they are made of wheat straw I have no idea. One might logically have associated them with harvest time.
The trunk is now open, and all the old decorations will soon be coming downstairs, ready for the dressing of the tree. I really enjoy unwrapping all the old baubles etc; it gives a very comforting link to the past, and our Bock is a major player.
It's beginning to look quite festive. Today I shall cut the tree.