Photo Friday! Where In Spain Is This?

By Nancy Todd

In the markets of a region of Spain, you will see a significant symbol of Christmas, the Caga Tió, meaning ‘shitting log.’  Soften the name and go with this mythological tradition as it is celebrated by many families. The log stands on 4 legs, has a goofy painted face, and dons a red hat.  At Christmas time, a  blanket covers the log, children leave the room, and parents tuck presents under it.  When the children return, they sing and hit the log with a stick.  The blanket is jerked off and the log has ‘shit’ presents. Sounds a bit weird, but an old man in a red suit squeezing his fat butt down a chimney isn’t far off. 

In what region of Spain will you find the shitting log?

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