A recipe for a traditional Norwegian Christmas bun
found on Jærbladet
The Christmas goat is a pre-Christian symbol found on many old Christmas cards. It was believed that the Christmas goat came to the farms before Christmas to checked if everything was taken care of there and that the feedstuff for the animals was brought indoors and food for the people was plentiful in the storehouses.
If everything was alright the goat headed back for the mountains and did not come back again until next Christmas. But if everything was not spick and span the goat made a terrible commotion. In the old days children on the farms were told that the Christmas goat would come for them if they did not behave properly.
The buns got their name because an incision is cut in the buns to make them look like a goat hoof.