Posted by: Chris Sandel | December 23, 2008

Christmas Traditions and… Poo?

I love Christmas.  I get into all of the traditions that the season brings.  We always bake cookies in early December and I end up making some “unique” ones.  We drive to Urbana on Christmas eve while watching Christmas cartoons and listening to Christmas music.  For the last few years we’ve done a murder mystery dinner at my parents house that night (this year I’m supposed to be a rocket scientist and Melissa is a hula hoop champion, which should be interesting for a pregnant woman).  Then on Christmas day both of our families come together to have lunch, play some games (we all bring small prizes) and then see a movie. 

That is what we do now but I remember lots of things fro when I was a kid.  I remember getting a big bag of curly fries and driving with my family to go look at Christmas lights.  I remember trying to stay up all night on Christmas Eve and watching movies.  When I was little we would get up late at night and go to church in our pajamas.  So many great memories that I can’t go into them all here. 

One Christmas tradition that never quite made it into our family (at least not yet) is Tió de Nadal, aka The Pooping Log.  You can read about it at Babble or Wikipedia but essentially it is this.  You get yourself a hollow log, decorate it (see below) and throughout the month of December you fill it with fruit and candy.  Then on Christmas Eve you put it in the fire and sing a song while beating the poo (candy) out of it.  Then you all eat the resulting festive material together.  Not sure how someone started a tradition of beating the poo out of a log and eating it on Christmas but it sure sounds fun.

Interested in trying it yourself?  You’ll want the lyrics to the song.  Translated they read:

poop log,
poop turrón,
hazelnuts and cottage cheese,
if you don’t poop well,
I’ll hit you with a stick,
poop log! 


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