While in many countries around the world, it’s Santa who delivers presents on Christmas morning, in parts of Spain, holiday gifts are provided courtesy of a smiling Christmas log. Yes, you read that right: a log. And not just any log. One that defecates to provide the gifts. The tradition is known as Tió de Nadal and involves children caring for the log.
“Tió features a log of any size that has legs, a face, and a red hat on his head, which the children must take care of during the whole of Christmas by constantly feeding it and covering it with a blanket, so it can defecate presents on Christmas Eve,” explains travel blogger Torben Lonne, co-founder of DIVEIN.com, a snorkeling and scuba diving website. On Christmas Day, the log is placed into a fire, and children sing songs and beat it with sticks to make it defecate treats, all of which makes a lump of coal seem almost preferable doesn’t it?