E24 – Strange Holiday Traditions

The Caganer

The caganer is a typical Catalan Christmas figure characterized by its cheeky position in the nativity scene.

History

Caga Tio

Caga Tiós, Catalan Christmas logs stacked up at a market in Girona, Spai – Lindsay Patterson

NPR Caga Tio Article

Hiding the Christmas Pickle

Christmas Pickle?

Ancient Originations

Yule Log History

Christmas Tree History

Santa Claus

Mistletoe

Krampus

Clip Cameo Credits

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer; Caga Tio Song; Hide The Pickle; The Year Without A Santa Claus; Santa Claus is Coming To Town; Krampus Song; Frank Sinatra – Mistletoe and Holly; How The Grinch Stole Christmas

2 Replies to “E24 – Strange Holiday Traditions”

  1. Okay, so new listener and loving your podcast.

    However… Caga Tio and Catalan are Spanish-related, NOT French. Tio is uncle en Español. Catalan is a Spanish dialect, originating in Spain. The French do have their own Noel traditions, but Caga Tio isn’t one of them. Just an FYI.

    I truly enjoy and appreciate the ease of the banter and the great relationship between you two. It makes for enjoyable listening. I also enjoy the scientific/cryptid/paranormal basis for the show and the adult beverage recipes. You guys sound like you truly enjoy each other’s company and it’s pretty heartwarming.

    (Also, it’s pronounced fō-lē-əg, not foy-ləg. Foliage. My husband used to make the same pronunciation error. I fixed him.)

  2. Hey Kate, just wanted to say “THANKS” for the gentle correction. I remember when talking about this I had heard about it through a Jim Gaffigan comedy special that was recorded in France. I think I just got things jumbled up when he talked about Northern Catalonia where he was exposed to the tradition. I’ll try to make a few edits in the near future and get things a bit more accurate. Again, thank you for listening and taking the time to help us out and for the kind words. We really appreciate it!

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