The Pooping Log and Other Strange Christmas Customs

Our very own Miss Cellania wrote a really neat article for mental_floss about 8 truly strange Christmas customs. This one to the left is "Caga Tió" or the "pooping log.":

The Catalan custom is still celebrated in Spain, where you can buy your own el Caga Tió. The log is hollowed out, with legs and a face added. You must “feed” him every day beginning on December 8th. On Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, put him in the fireplace and beat him with sticks until he poops out small candies, fruits, and nuts. When he is through, the final object dropped is a salt herring, a garlic bulb, or an onion. Oh yeah, there is a traditional song the family can sing to encourage the process.

poop log,
poop turrón,
hazelnuts and cottage cheese,
if you don’t poop well,
I’ll hit you with a stick,
poop log!

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Well, I am Spanish myself and it's the first time I heard such a thing. I am perfectly familiar with the craping figurine that you place along with the nativity, shepherds, sheep, the three Wise Men, angels, houses, and the silver foil river, but it's the first time I hear about this song the gift-inducing S&M ritual. Weird stuff...
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I am from a Cuban/Spanish family, and you would be surprised how many of our curse words and other imagery involve poop. It doesn't bother me one bit.
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Raina_c, it's not about bathroom humor. These are actually deeply set cultural traditions in Catalan. I must admit that I admire the parallels they have with Christianity and the act of taking a dump.
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