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Tió de Nadal: A Catalan Tradition

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013 07:00 EST

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Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
1/7/2014 10:20:13 AM
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Re: Poop-tastic!
Thank you Terry, I wanted Susan to write this post to add a bit more of British humor, but she though it was better for a Catalan to do it.

richheap
richheap  
1/7/2014 9:31:17 AM
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Re: Cute!
Spoiler Alert: Do not read this comment if you believe in Father Christmas!!!

Well Nicole, the whole Father Christmas thing is very newsy in my household as Christmas 2014 will be the first year our daughter can get excited about Christmas. Are we going to convince her about Father Christmas? Or are we going to tell her it's a bit of make believe but that her presents really come from everyone in her family who loves her? And, when we do pack her off to school with this knowledge, how much damage will it wreak?!

Hazel
Hazel  
1/7/2014 7:06:12 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Christmas Trees
Gift pooping logs--now I've heard them all, lol! Really fun tradition, thank you for sharing!

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
1/6/2014 3:24:15 PM
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Poop-tastic!
I laughed! I cried. I soiled myself. I wished I'd been born Catalonian. Thanks, Pablo, for one of the most hilarious reads ever on FC.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/30/2013 10:11:54 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Cute!
Haha, @Nicole. Indeed, I can think of several small children I've known who absolutely detest any kind of man in Santa costume. And really, I disliked them too back in the day. Santa was ugly and disturbing most of the time, kind of like circus clowns. Of course, this is entirely subjective. I think.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
12/30/2013 6:28:41 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Christmas Trees
I stopped putting up Christmas Trees in the 80`s. Christmas, Easter and Halloween are really interesting holidays. Thanks for this article the gift pooping log is different and enlightening.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/30/2013 2:52:48 PM
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Re: Cute!
I mean... we can sit with the whole Santa thing for a moment and really take in how bizarre that is... convincing children to leave out cookies and milk for a stranger who's going to break into their homes through the chimney! I think I'd prefer the pooping log story to define my Christmases, were I to go back and redo my childhood.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/29/2013 7:50:56 PM
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Cute!
This is very cute. I wonder whether this isn't one of those customs that isn't easily translatable; in other words, one that exists in one context and not really in any others.

What are some examples of other local holiday customs that other cities or cultures may not know about?

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/27/2013 1:03:52 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Obsessed with this
Fascinating! I love it, thanks for sharing. I hope everyone's logs were obedient this Christmas. :)

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
12/27/2013 5:01:29 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Obsessed with this
Nicole, that tradition is really old. Most people still use some small log they have around, nothing fancy, but in cities people buy the ones with the smily face and the red beret.

a more traditional Tió looks like this:



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