Summit Up 12-20-12: Where we’re dreamin’ of and livin’ a white Christmas
December 19, 2012
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s dreaming of a white Christmas.
Lucky for us, we think this dream is actually going to come true. As a part of this special holiday edition of the column, we’re compiling a list of weird traditions.
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1. In English, Caga Tio is “the pooping log.” Really. The Catalan custom is still celebrated in Spain, where you can buy your own el Caga Tio. The log is hollowed out, with legs and a face added.
You must “feed” him every day beginning on Dec. 8. On Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, put him in the fireplace and beat him with sticks until he poops out small candies, fruits and nuts. When he is through, the final object dropped in a salt herring, a garlic bulb or an onion.
2. The celebration of Christmas in Asia usually involves KFC. Yes, Kentucky Fried Chicken. The fast food franchise let it be known that fried chicken is traditional for the Christmas feast. And so it is – in Japan.
And you might have to make reservations to get a table at KFC – it’s the place to be.
The holiday places special emphasis on romantic love, so it’s a day to spend with a sweetheart or spouse. Bakeries sell Christmas cakes as traditional sweetheart treats.
3. The Yule Log is a tradition that dates back hundreds of years. The Yule Log on TV is a relatively new tradition for those who have no fireplace to burn their own log.
WPIX in New York has broadcast 24 hours of a burning fireplace on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day since 1966. The original film was shot at Gracie Mansion, but a carpet fire during the first filming made the mayor wary of a re-shoot a few years later, so the loop seen now was filmed in California.
So there it is, hopefully these weird tid-bits of random information will help you in trivia. We out.