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Message started by Nigel on Dec 22nd, 2005 at 11:06pm

Title: Tronca de Nadal/ Tió de nadal (Poo log)
Post by Nigel on Dec 22nd, 2005 at 11:06pm
The Tió de Nadal (roughly "Christmas log"), also known as "Tió" ("log"), or "Tronca" ("trunk") is a mythological personage in Catalan mythology related to a Christmas tradition widespread in Catalonia.

Physically, the tió de Nadal found in many Catalan homes at the holiday season is a hollow log of about 0.3m length, typically standing up on two or four little stick legs, and with a broadly smiling face painted on the higher of the two ends, enhanced by a little red sock hat (a minature of the traditional Catalan barretina) and often a three-dimensional nose.

Beginning with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8th), one gives the tió a little bit to "eat" every night, and usually covers him with a little blanket so that he will not be cold at night.

On Christmas day or, depending on the particular household, during a Christmas party, one puts the tió partly into the fireplace and orders it to "poo". (The fire part of this tradition is no longer as widespread as it once was, since many modern homes do not have a fireplace.) To make him "poo" one beats him with sticks, while singing various songs of Tió de Nadal.

The tió doesn't poo out big objects (those are brought by the Three Wise Men), only candies, nuts and torrons. Depending the location in Catalonia, it poos dried figs, and when it stops pooing (because nothing is left) it poos a salt herring, a head of garlic, an onion, or it wees on the ground. What comes out of the tió is a communal rather than an individual gift, shared by everyone present.

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