Since we can't be home this year for the holidays enjoying our usual traditions with our friends and families we hope you will help us to "embrace" our new traditions here in Barcelona.
As I hinted about in my Tis the Season blog in mid November, it's time to give you the scoop on our new friend, Caga Tio, otherwise known as the poop log. I'm sure after that entry many of you were quite honestly think WTF, a poop log at Christmas? Who does that kind of thing? Well, the Catalans do. And like many of the other traditions we've come to know and (mostly) to love in the last year, it's different from those we have at home. But when in Rome... buy a pooping log!
I found out about caga tio thru a friend of mine who was here for Christmas last year. This is a tradition exclusive only to Catalunya, the region in Spain where we live. The kids have been absolutely dying for one and tonight we finally made their wish come true. We went down to the Christmas market near The Cathedral and purchased not one, but two of these Catalan gems, one for each of the kids. He kind of reminds me of Mr. Hanky from the old South Park days... sort of...
On our way to the Christmas Market after a dinner at Hard Rock... a little American tradition mixed with some Catalan tradition tonight!
Entering the Christmas market - apparently everyone else had the same plans tonight - it was mobbed!
The form of the Caga Tio found in many Catalan homes during the holiday season is a hollow log of about thirty centimetres length. It's only been in recent years that a face and legs along with a little red cap were added. Before this he literally was a piece of dead wood - I honestly can't imagine how that would have been fun for anyone but hey, to each their own.
The first of many caga tio displays - this one had mainly mini ones
And another display
This is where we bought ours. Actually 2 of the front ones were the ones we bought - Aidan liked that they came with blankets.
Liam checking out his new caga tio
Someone selling something other than Caga Tios!
Aidan with our Caga Tios and Caganers
Too bad Liam fell asleep before he could see them all set up.
Caga Tio Poop log
si no cagues be if you don't poop well
et dare un cop de basto I'll hit you with a stock
caga tio! poop log!
- A fun spectacle, especially for children.
- The Caganer, by creating feces, is fertilizing the Earth.
- The Caganer represents the equality of all people: regardless of status, race, or gender, everyone shits.
There is supposed to be a huge nativity scene in City Hall Plaza and I'm very curious to see if we can find the Caganer there - back in 2005 there was a campaign against the Caganer but from what I understand he was "reinstated" into the nativity scene because many felt it was breaking with Catalan tradition. We'll be making a trip down there this week and I'll be sure to post any pics of what we find!Hope you enjoyed our new holiday traditions as much as we have!