Friday, December 22, 2006

I've changed my mind. I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!!

Friends, I once was lost, but now am found. I was blind, but now I see. Put me down as a 100% tree-trimming, stocking-hanging fan of Christmas!

You see that fella to your right? That would be Santa. And, as you can see, Santa is taking a shite! Pinchin' a loaf of fruitcake! Delivering the ol' Yule log! (What am I, 13 years old? Sorry.)

Imagine my surprise when I learned that in Catlan Christmas tradition, the nativity scene contains, in addition to the Three Kings, Joseph, Mary, Babyjeesus, ox, ass, etc., a character called "El Caganer" or, en Ingles, "The Defecator"!

Hey, don't take my word for it. Here's what MSNBC has to say:

Throughout Spain's northeastern Catalonia region, statuettes of "El Caganer," or "the great defecator" in the Catalan dialect, can be found in Christmas scenes, and increasingly on the mantelpieces of collectors, where for centuries symbols of defecation have played an important role in the season's festivities.

(Just an aside. I'm pretty well-read and over-educated. How is it that I have never heard of this?)

And as if Santa himself had granted my most fervent Christmas wish, you can get un caganer representing George W. Bush himself, for the low, low price of 12 Euros.

But wait....there's more!

The Catalonian Christmas festivities wouldn't be complete without an appearance by "Tio de Nadal", or, roughly, "The Yule Log." The tio is also called "caga tio" which translates to "shit log." There's even a carol:

caga tió,

caga turró,
avellanes i mató,
si no cagues bé
et daré un cop de bastó.
¡caga tió!"

Shit, log,

shit torrons,
hazelnuts and cheese,
if you don't shit well
I'll give you a blow with a stick.
Shit, log!

The local confectioners sell candy resembling feces. I'm laughing too hard to continue. More later.


  • That's the damndest thing I've ever seen. I almost don't believe it, even though I read that Wikipedia article. Could this be some sort of hoax?


    shit torrons,
    hazelnuts and cheese,
    if you don't shit well
    I'll give you a blow with a stick.

    Do they really sing that?!

    By Blogger Blowing Shit Up With Gas, at 9:30 AM  

  • Woah. Woah.

    And have you heard of th' Italian Easter tradition, Il Sperminatore?

    By Blogger Bobby Lightfoot, at 6:15 PM  

  • I have to agree with you, roxtar. I even used to live in Spain, so how the heck did I miss something as wonderfully Christmassy as this?

    Great find!

    By Blogger Jeremy, at 8:28 PM  

  • Hi!
    I know a great game of this tradition:
    El caganer, Great Defecator

    By Blogger joan, at 5:53 AM  

  • No, this is no hoax. Catalonia is quite different from the rest of Spain.

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  • It's no joke, but I've been going to Cataloñia for years, the first time for Christmas in 2010 and ran across my first El Caganer at Maremagnum the difference is that he's 19 feet tall!!!

    Feliz Navidad y el dia del roi.

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