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?