In earlier times straw ornaments were used in Sweden to symbolize the fertility of animals and fields.

In earlier times straw ornaments were used in Sweden to symbolize the fertility of animals and fields. Christians interpreted the straw as representative of Christ's first resting place in the manger. Today these ornaments are used as decoration throughout the home and on the Christmas tree. The Yule Goat is Sweden's gift-giver, throwing gifts through the doors of homes.

Harry Korol
Folklife Collections, Provincial Museum of Alberta, à Edmonton
c. 1995
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