On this picture you see "badnjak" (Serbian Yule log, a young oak sapling which is ritually cut on Christmas Eve morning and is then ritually brought into the house on Christmas Eve) and "pečenica" a pig on a spit which is ritually slaughtered on Christmas Eve, roasted and then brought into the house with badnjak.
In Serbian ritual tradition there is a very specific rule which specifies which animal should be sacrificed for which religious holiday.
Christmas - pig is slaughtered, roasted and eaten by the family (always)
St George's day - sheep is slaughtered, roasted and eaten by the family (always)
St Elijah's day - bull is slaughtered, roasted and eaten by the family (only in exceptional circumstances of devastating draughts. Normally it is a cockerel which is slaughtered, roasted and eaten by the family)
Two things are interesting here.
First have a look at this excerpt from "Indo European And The Indo Europeans A Reconstruction And Historical Analysis Of A Proto Language And A Proto Culture" by Th V Gamkrelidze:
It can be concluded that the Romans preserved the ancient Indo-European practice whereby pigs, although they had an important economic function, were nonetheless ranked last in the hierarchy of relative economic weight, behind horses, bulls, and sheep. Of the Indo-European cultures known to us from archeological data, the Scytho-Sarmatian tribes of the northern Black Sea area in the first millennium B.C. are among the groups in which pigs in fact are the least important element in the livestock (Calkin 1966:74).
This is the important bit:
The sequence of sacrificial animals in archaic Roman tradition was given by the formula su-oue-taurilia ‘pig-sheep-bull’, in order of increasing importance.
Second have a look at this diagram linking Serbian sacrificial animals to the stages of the Sun god marked on the Solar circle:
Pig - Baby sun
Sheep - Young sun
Bull - Old sun
Now here is something even more interesting. In the above excerpt the second highlighted part says:
Interestingly, an analogous enumeration of sacred sacrificial animals in Sanskrit tradition does not mention pigs at all; their place is taken by goats
You can see how in Serbian tradition the order of the sacrificial animals is tightly tied to the solar wheel. Now have a look at this:
Goat marks the beginning of the solar year, Ram follows then Bull...
Interesting don't you think?