The idea is that Caga Tio is “looked after” by the kids from the 8th of December to Christmas Eve. They cover his rear end with a blanket to keep him warm and feed him Turron and Orange peel every evening. The more they feed him, the more Christmas presents he will “poo-out” for Christmas. I kid you not people, I didn’t believe it either, but it’s true, and the story only gets stranger from here. Caga Tio, apparently, needs a little persuasion to “poo” the presents out, so after weeks of feeding and making sure he is warm with his blanket, the kids are given a stick to “beat” it with. Only then will he “poo” out the presents. As if this isn’t absurd enough, they also have to sing a song… which is telling him if he doesn't poop out good presents they will beat him more! In our case however, they just brought out the Caga Tio from someone's house and I'm not sure if the little girl had been feeding it or whatever but it was very funny! They discovered that he wasn't really giving them presents and it was a fake!! Because they saw one of the dads putting the presents under the blanket and they were so angry! No more Caga Tio for them.
There is also another poo orientated tradition that have here in catalunya which involves a wee pooing man called "Caganer". They seriously have an obsession with poo that I don't understand! (But hey its culture differences!) Caganer is a little porcelain “nativity” figure , squatting down and pooping (with his butt showing and all), somewhere in the nativity scene. He is normally hidden somewhere among the more traditional nativity scene characters, and there are heaps of different versions of him! It is honestly so strange, I think it's more normal to see him in the manger than even baby Jesus! (It's just not right). But I guess all cultures have to have something weird that they do.
After the Caga Tio there were no more presents and everyone sat around talking and I just about fell asleep on the couch (dribble and all - how embarrassing), I guess staying up till 3.30am did get to me in the end!
We headed home after all of that and I believe that we just watched a movie and relaxed for the rest of the day!
It was overall a nice Christmas, and I think there were more tears over having to re-write my blog a hundred times than over Christmas itself! Note to self - dont use your phone to write your blog - ever again!
I can now tick off my list "Christmas in another country" and I'm glad I got to experience it even though I missed my family a bunch.
How was everyone else's Christmas?? Hope you all had a lovely time whatever you did!! I did have a nice day with my host family and their family!
So finally I am finished writing... I hope you enjoyed reading about my Christmas!
Missing everyone, but I'm doing just fine!
Love of love,