Every culture that celebrates the holiday of Christmas celebrates in a different way. Many are very similar to each other, but on occasion there is a tradition that seems to boggle the mind even more. In Catalan tradition, the “Christmas Log” defecates the children’s presents on Christmas.
The celebration begins on December 8th when the Christmas Log is given a face to smile at the children and a blanket to keep warm. Every night the children give food to the log and when they awake each morning, the food has been eaten! Finally, Christmas day arrives and the children participate in the final part of the tradition.
All of the children gather around the Christmas Log and begin beating it with sticks. They command the log to defecate out gifts using a song:
avellanes i mató!
Si no cagues béet daré un cop de bastó.
Poop out turrón,
hazelnuts and cottage cheese!
If you don’t poop well, I’ll hit you with a stick,
After hitting the log and singing the song, the blanket covering the log is removed to reveal the gifts. After a month of feeding the log, Christmas gifts have been defecated out!