In Catalonia, we have a two peculiar and very strange Christmas traditions :
- Caga Tió
The Caganer is a traditional figurine that we put into the nativity scene. Well, the explanation is quite simple. The caganer in the figure that represents everyone, the common person, is a metaphor that everyone. Instead of simply having the biblical caracters, the caganer is there on behalf of everyone.
The Tió is another Catalan Christmas Tradition,that is similar to Santa Claus…except instead of leaving milk and cookies for Santa on Xmas Eve, you give random scraps of food and milk (depending on the family) to a log with eyes painted on it and a traditional red hat, the” barretina”. The Tio stays under a blanket, consumes the offerings and on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, the kids beat him with a stick (yes, you should go hard!) (kind of like a piñata) while singing a song. After the song, presents are revealed under the blanket, pooped out by the piece of wood.
“Caga Tio, if you don’t poop well, I’ll hit you with a stick”
If you are alone in Barcelona this Christmas in Barcelona.. Come and visit us at The George Payne!
We are only closed 24th & 25th (We need to rest sometime too!) You will feel right at home with our tasteful decorations, cold beer, hearty food & good times!
See you soon!
“Only at The George Payne”