Julebukk came to our house the first time in 1985. According to an old Scandinavian custom, we were supposed to burn him in the new year that followed that first Christmas. Instead we kept him, allowing him to stand among us every Christmas season from St. Nicholas Day until Epiphany.
Over the course of 30 years he’s become a bit worse for wear — some straw is a bit bedraggled and his bright red ribbon has faded and partly disappeared. And so, as a 30th birthday present, we have given him some new red ribbon. And we expect him to grace our Christmas seasons for another 30 years.