El Gaga Tió – Christmas Traditions

This is a very popular tradition in Cataluña that consists that the youngers of the house hit a log of wood. So simple is this tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation. Before the dinner of Christmas Eve, the Cagada del Tió’ takes place.

Children armed with canes, hit the trunk hard while singing a song. Once the children have hit the trunk, the blanket is uncovered and presents appear.

The Tio always has the same goal: to bring gifts, which have also varied with time: first they were sweets, nougat or products that were needed to celebrate Christmas. Nowadays the toys constitute the magical advance of the arrival of the 3 Wise Men.

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