Thursday, 17 December 2009

'Tis the beat a log with a stick

Each December, children of Catalunya get very excited about the "Caga Tió" a log which has a litle face painted on one end, and which excretes presents from the other. No, really. It's a bit like having a Christmas tree, only with the Tió you have to keep it warm with a blanket, feed it little snacks (so that it will grow and produce more presents), and when the day comes, hit it with a stick and watch the presents tumble out. Unsettling undertones maybe, but best not to dwell on these. Seen though the childrens' eyes it's perfectly innocent!

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