I am in Catalonia in Spain.
Did you know one of our maintenance team is from Catalonia?!
Spain is like Britain because there are a lot of different regions with their own traditions.
In Spain, many people are Christian and some act out the Nativity story. These are called Pastorets, or El Pessebre. I watched one. It was very entertaining.
Christmas here is very different. The main meal is eaten on Christmas Eve, and presents are not delivered by Santa Claus on Christmas Day, but by the Wise men on Epiphany (6th January).
On Epiphany Catalans eat Roscón or tortell, a ring shaped roll filled with cream, or chocolate or even a bean! Whoever finds the bean has to buy the Roscon for next year. I think I ate the bean!
I was given a Tió de Nadal or Caga tio in Catalonia. It is a small log with a big smiley face. From 8th December people give the log food and a blanket to keep it warm, and then on Christmas Day it gives out presents! From inside the log comes sweets and nuts. I see why Caga tio means ‘pooping log.’
I loved the Catalan Christmas, and will look after my Caga tio always.
All this travelling has been fun, but in every place I have learnt that it is important to be with friends and family. I am going to travel home now to spend Christmas with my Camera Obscura family.