You'll find a Caga Tió in many houses in Spain primarily in Catalonia and in some regions of Aragon.
Caga Tió is an adorable little fella with a happy face and a jaunty red hat. He’s almost adorable enough to distract you from the fact that he’s there for one reason and one reason only — to poop.
On December 8 (the day of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception), Catalan children are encouraged to start feeding the Caga Tió.
What does a pooping log eat, you ask?
Well, he’s not too picky. He’ll take your orange peels, dry bread, or whatever leftovers you’ve got for him. Just don’t forget to feed him. If you do, he might not poop!
It’s traditional to cover the log with a blanket. You know, to keep him cozy.
On Christmas morning, children beat Caga Tió with sticks while singing a song. Here's a cute video of one family's Caga Tió celebration:
There are several different songs about Caga Tió. These are the lyrics to one of them:
avellanes i mató,
si no cagues bé
et daré un cop de bastó.
In English, that translates to:
hazelnuts and mató cheese
if you don’t sh*t well,
I’ll hit you with a stick.
Here's another video where you can hear the song a little better (warning: it will get stuck in your head):
Caga Tió/brave pooping log that he is/doesn’t even let the smile fade from his face/His job is not yet done/He must now poop.
(The songs are very clear about the expectations everyone has for Caga Tió.)
After the singing and the beating, Caga Tió's blanket is removed to reveal the presents he pooped out!
And no matter what’s in those boxes, you always get exactly what you want for Christmas — as long as what you wanted was to see a log poop presents.
Interestingly enough, Caga Tió isn’t the only poop-related Christmas decoration in Catalan.
(Fair warning: these next images may be slightly NSFW.)