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Madame Sarkozy’s bum.


Traditions, traditions… Let’s talk about… yep: Christmas. In Catalunya, it is tradition to have someone having a poo under your Christmas tree. It is called a Caganer, a shitter. Why? Here is what Wiki says about it:
Possible reasons for placing a man who is in the act of excreting waste in a scene which is widely considered holy include:

  • Tradition.
  • Perceived humor.
  • A fun spectacle, especially for children.
  • The Caganer, by creating feces, is fertilizing the Earth. However, this is probably an a posteriori explanation, and few cite this reason for including the Caganer in the Nativity scene.
  • The Caganer represents the equality of all people: regardless of status, race, or gender, everyone shits.
  • Increased naturalism of an otherwise archetypal (thus idealised) story, so that it is more believable, taken literally and seriously.
  • The idea that God will manifest himself when he is ready, without regard for whether we human beings are ready or not.
  • The caganer reinforces that the infant Jesus is God in human form, with all that being human implies.

So, why not? You can have your own, just click here.

Anyway, being French, I just had to show you Mr. S. and Madame doing it together with their friends Mrs M. and Signore B.

More tradition(al), the Yule log come in all sizes.

What’s your funny or weird Christmas tradition?

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11 responses

  1. So funny!

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    December 18, 2010 at 8:43 pm

  2. JM

    The top shot is way too cool! LOL!

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    December 15, 2010 at 7:33 pm

  3. This has to be the weirdest custom ever! The list of reasons is so funny in itself.
    And such happy Yule logs!

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    December 15, 2010 at 6:53 am

  4. Catalunya – Interesting tradition, not one I would want to start! Love the yule logs.

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    December 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm

  5. Nicely framed Caganers!

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    December 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm

  6. I have never heard of such a thing. how very, very strange!
    The yule logs are cute, though.

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    December 14, 2010 at 11:48 am

  7. I have to admit, that's a tradition I have never heard of.

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    December 14, 2010 at 10:59 am

  8. Hehehehe, that's the only way to Sarkozy is as high as the rest of the people, as a caganer.

    Regards

    Valery

    [Barcelona Daily Photo]

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    December 14, 2010 at 10:40 am

  9. I love the humour in the Caganer tradition!

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    December 14, 2010 at 7:32 am

  10. Very interesting story indeed… I am still thinking about it.

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    December 14, 2010 at 3:36 am

  11. LOL

    Aloha from Hawaii

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    December 14, 2010 at 2:30 am

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