My blog post on the cute fairytale buildings in Carmel is not going to be the last post of the year. I have discovered something totally awesome that I have to share right now!
First of all, what I am about to tell you is completely true and not something made up for South Park. I swear that this Christmas tradition rivals Krumpus in shear weirdness.
Join me in welcoming, with millions of Catalonians, the Poop Log or Caga Tio.
The tradition of Caga Tio is very old. Yet the name Caga Tio is a more recent phenomenon. I’m not going into the ancient origins but here is how the modern tradition is played out.
First, find or buy a log to be Caga Tio. If you buy your log you can get one with the face of Elvis or even Spongebob if you wish. Going the more traditional route you can search the woods for your own special Caga Tio. Second, wrap your log in blanket to keep him warm and to gather strength. For a week, feed him yummies so he will grow strong. And he will need all his strength because on Christmas Eve you are going to beat the crap out of him. No, I am not joking.
Caga Tio, still wrapped in his blanket, is beaten with sticks by little children, while singing this song –
hazelnuts and cottage cheese,
if you don’t poop well,
I’ll hit you with a stick,
After beating the Caga Tio, the blanket is lifted to reveal treats.
Here is a great video that shows how the whole Caga Tio thing happens- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFXtHrKdKWI&feature=related
I swear I didn’t make this up.