Looking to add some international flair to your holiday celebration?
Kick that Elf off the shelf and replace him with a Krampus to keep those kids in line or go the cheaper but cruder route of installing a Caga tió in the house and letting them indulge in a little holiday potty talk to liven up conversation around the fire.
Then check out this fascinating article from Flavorwire, and let the festivities begin!
There are many theories behind the tradition of placing a caganer in a nativity scene in Catalonia and other parts of Spain, Portugal, and Italy. The miniature figure is depicted crouching and defecating, with the foul products of his labor piled at his feet. The caganer is normally represented as a peasant in folksy garb, but in recent times, caganers modeled after political figures and cultural icons have become popular.
Spider web Christmas tree
In Ukranian homes, people hide a (hopefully artificial) spider and its web inside their Christmas tree. (Goths: get thee to Ukraine immediately.) The person who finds the eight-legged creature is granted good luck. The tradition comes from an old folk tale about a widow who was too poor to decorate the family tree. A spider spun its web around it. When the Christmas day sun touched the threads, they turned to gold and silver making for a very happy and prosperous holiday.
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