The Little Christmas Goat

“Why do we make straw goats for Christmas decorations, Mormor?”

Plaiting straw, the old woman smiled. “Norse people did it to honor Thor, the thunder god, thanking him for a good harvest.

“It was a long trip around Midgard. Thor made his rounds in a wagon pulled by two goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjostr. At night when he got hungry, he’d eat them, then bring them back to life the next day with his magic hammer.”

“Magic goats! But only two? We’re making three. What about this little one?”

“She came along for the ride when Thor delivered the Yule gifts.”