I just wanted to call some attention to one of my all-time favorite posts here on Pattern Recognition, which honors a holiday tradition from one of my favorite areas of the world, the Catalan region of Spain. I posted this last Holiday season, but in reading it, it just never gets old.
Catalan families go into the woods and find a Christmas Log (TiÃ³ de Nadal) to bring into their home. Itâ€™s painted or otherwise decorated with a face, and wrapped in a blanket. Over the weeks before Christmas, the Caga TiÃ³ is fed sweets and other treats, in order to get him ready for the command performance on Christmas. After weeks of being fed, the Caga TiÃ³ is ready. He is then beaten with sticks by the children of the family until he poops out treats for the children, usually in the form of the Catalan treat called turron. Yesâ€¦the log poops out the childrenâ€™s treats, which they then consume. Caga TiÃ³ literally translates into â€œPooping Logâ€.
Go read the rest of the post. Really. There’s even a video…it’s worth it, I promise.