PrideTime Reporters: Jason, Will, Lackitchia and Sydney
1. Yule goat statue (Sweden) Every year a town in Sweden does Christmas a little differently than usual, this town builds a massive 13 metre tall straw/hay structure of a goat, this has been a tradition in Sweden since 1966 and almost every year it gets burned down by pedestrians, the town does almost everything they can to not let this massive Yule Goat get destroyed by flames, by having fences, guards, flame proof, cameras, and etc. Some people in the town even make bets and bargens to see how long the Yule Goat will stand during the holidays.
2. A Witch For Christmas (Italy) In this wacky Christmas tradition, Santa Claus isn’t the one delivering the presents. Kids beware, Befana the witch is on her tattered broomstick on her way to deliver your presents! This tradition roots back to an old Italian Folktale that tells the tale of an old woman, known as Befana, that enters the homes of little Italian children through their chimneys and leaves behind filled up stockings and presents under the tree. Unlike Santa Claus, this story wasn’t rooted from joy. The folktale was created based on the townsquare burning of an old woman, meant to symbolism the end and beginning of time cycles. This old woman later become known as Befana and thus came this tradition! So, this Christmas as you set out your cookies and milk for santa, be sure to also leave some Wine and Local delicacies behind for our favorite Italian Witch.
3. Pines and Needles (Norwalk) Gennaro Cappuccia is a norwalk resident. every christmas holiday season, he decorates his home with massively large tree, this year, The tree measured up to approximately 17 Feet tall, and 12 feet wide.