The holiday we know as Christmas has been celebrated for centuries by many different cultures, but nobody has a crappy Christmas quite like the Catalonians.
They introduced a strange and stinky new element to their holiday traditions, one that many other cultures would find too crass for Christmas- poop.
Poop factors in to a few Catalonian Christmas traditions, including putting out El Caganer (The Crapper), a figure of a man defecating that is often put in with the standard Nativity set, like the giant example above.
Many modern Caganer figures are made to look like characters from pop culture and celebrities, here are a few crap-tastic examples:
There is also a cuter (yet just as crappy) tradition of putting out the Tío de Nadal (Christmas Log), also known as the Caga Tío (Crapping Log), which stands on two legs and has a painted on smiley face.
Kids are told to feed the Caga Tío every night so he can crap out candy and presents on Christmas Eve, after the kids beat it with a stick and order it to defecate with an adorable song:
So if you're having a crappy Christmas (but not in the fun way) take a note from the Catalonians and embrace the crappines of the holiday season and surround yourself with things that make you smile!