From the same people that brought you the Valencian horchata, here it is another chapter about the curious things of where we live: The traditional magical Christmas log.
The magical Christmas log (Tió de Nadal) is a real Catalan tradition that may surprise you quite a little. On the 8th of December a mysterious log appears in the front door of those houses with children that have behaved good all year long. Until the 24th the kids have to take care of the log, keeping him warm with a blanket and feeding him, so he will be ready to give presents on the Christmas night.
Traditionally Santa was 100% relieved of his occupation delegating to the magical log, but lately his presence is more demanded sharing both the magical log and Santa the night. However the way they bring presents to the kids couldn’t be more different.
On the Christmas evening, the magical log sits preferably in front of a fireplace or on the middle of the living room with his blanket, the kids sing traditional tunes while hitting him with a small wooden stick. I know what you are thinking…poor little guy. If the kids have been good all year, after each song they will find, under the blanket, presents that the magical log has expelled. And let’s just leave it at that, we don’t want to give more scatological details about the presents’ origins.
When I was a little girl I only had Tió de Nadal, but Dani had Santa in his home. That’s why we decided that our new family will have both traditions at the same time, so Santa and the magical log can join their powers to bring presents. I think it is a win-win solution, right? They can divide efforts and we can host them both at our home :)
And now that you already know what it is all about is time to meet our Christmas log called Biel! He has the best Elvis-like pompadour and the sweetest smile.
Do you have other weird Christmas traditions like our Biel? It would be great to read your stories!
Here is the little guy, called Biel. Our own magical Christmas log :)
Here he is on the day he arrived at our home, making quite an impression. We could not help it but keeping him at home. That face… :)
Juno welcoming him, well…not very into body language reading, but I have not the best feeling about those two.
Maybe sharing Juno’s favorite spot (the sofa) will help in their getting along. You can see here his little blanket.
Biel is quite happy with his place next to the tree.
And Juno looks quite pleased…
Who I am kidding?! She will need more time to adjust, not very cheered sharing attentions :)