Friday, 25 December 2015

Wishing You A Very Random Christmas

In our peripatetic life, we never know what sort of Christmas manifestations we will see.

Polish Prop.

Santa in Sierra Leone (with friends).

Christmas cafe in Catalonia.  Living it up in Lithuania.

Claus at a Christmas market.

What the...? Before you get all potty mouth, there's an excellent explanation. Creches are big in Catalonia and a key ingredient is someone in the background, the caganer. Traditionally, he is a typical Catalonian figure, think farmer, peasant, what have you, and he is busy fertilizing the land for the next season. The symbolism is joy and good luck. If you don't include one of these figures in your creche, you risk a year of misfortune. We'll take the dump.

The caganer has taken off (not just his pants). Moving beyond the traditional Spanish archetypes, you can get caganers of world leaders, movie stars, athletes. Yes, even Santa is ready to unload, and not just presents. Maybe this gives expanded meaning to the above picture that includes Winnie the Pooh.

Wishing you a holiday season full of joy!

Be sure to see our next post for all folks and figures caganer.

1 comment:

  1. And Merry, Merry manifestations of Christmas they are. Wonderful.
    Happy New Year. ere's hoping you live it up with just a little more Christmas spirit than can be seen
    in the photo taken in Lithuania.
    Jonas& Betsy