"I would soon learn that the laughter of the Son of God was no ordinary thing."
December 24, 2011 3:17 PM   Subscribe

Christmas is a time for traditions. For some, it's all about stringing up lights on a Christmas tree and wrapping up presents to put beneath it. For others, it's spending singing carols door to door to spread holiday cheer. And for still others, it's a time to beat a log with a stick until it poops out candy. If you're not familiar with that last one, don't worry: ComicsAlliance favorites Benito Cereno and Anthony Clark have stepped up to explain it all in an original comic featuring an Untold Tale of St. Nicholas!

Previously: caganer, and specifically, Caga Tío

More fun from Benito: Santa Claus vs The Martians, the comic.
posted by filthy light thief (4 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Quality stuff!
posted by Artw at 5:10 PM on December 24, 2011

So...do the kids actually say "shit log" or is there a more polite "poop log" version?

Because when I teach this to my kid, I don't want to inadvertently offend any passing Catalans in the mall or wherever...
posted by madajb at 5:11 PM on December 24, 2011

Is this where the Caganer came from, then, A personification of the Caga Tio?

Also, beating a green log with sticks which had its end right next to the fire would be ideal for driving sap out of it, which would then be dried and hardened by the fire, and the resultant, probably sweet depending on the tree, product could be scraped from the end next to the fire and eaten.

I'd bet that's the ultimate origin of this tradition.
posted by jamjam at 5:57 PM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]

Nah, jamjam, I think it's just that some people have Issues.

Totally kidding, Catalan!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:59 AM on December 27, 2011

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