"Caga Tio: A slightly different Christmas Tradition" Moią Local Custom Tip by RaeganB

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On December 24th, Catalan celebrate their Christmas Eve with a tradition called Caga Tio. Which translated literally means the "poo log". Children hit a log covered with a blanket while singing traditional songs. At the end of the song, the log will have pooed out communal presents.

Here is what is says on Wikipedia:
The form of the tió de Nadal found in many Catalan homes during the holiday season is a hollow log of about 0.3m length, typically standing up on two or four little stick legs with a broad smiling face painted on the higher of the two ends, enhanced by a little red sock hat (a miniature of the traditional Catalan barretina) and often a three-dimensional nose.

Beginning with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8), one gives the tió a little bit to "eat" every night and usually covers him with a little blanket so that he will not be cold at night.

On Christmas day or, depending on the particular household, on Christmas eve, one puts the tió partly into the fireplace and orders it to "***" (the fire part of this tradition is no longer as widespread as it once was, since many modern homes do not have a fireplace). To make him "***", one beats him with sticks, while singing various songs of Tió de Nadal.

The tió does not drop larger objects, as those are brought by the Three Wise Men. It does leave candies, nuts and torrons. Depending on the part of Catalonia, it may also give out dried figs. When nothing is left to "***", it drops a salt herring, a head of garlic, an onion or "urinates". What comes out of the tió is a communal rather than individual gift, shared by everyone present.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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