I have a vague recollection of hearing of the “Caganer” at some point in my life. If you haven’t, here’s a simple explanation:
The Caganer translates to something like “The Crapper” and he is usually found tucked away in the corner of the manger scene taking care of business. Traditionally, the Caganer is depicted as wearing a traditional Catalonian red cap and white peasant shirt, although figures modeled to look like celebrities, politicians, and even the Pope are also popular, Reuters reports.
One possible explanation for this really slays me:
“It was the only thing the little shepherd boy had to give the Baby Jesus,” Nancy Duneuve told Rainsford. “So it’s not at all disrespectful, it’s a great gift.”
They do say that best gifts are the ones you make yourself. Anyhow, while the Caganer rings a faint bell, I’ve definitely never heard of the “Tió de Nadal”. That’s even wackier!
Previously in Crazy Christmas Traditions: Merry Christmas, Icelandic Weirdos