It’s January and it’s snowing outside. The night before, Steve was a Grinch - he knows it, his wife knows it, hell, their dog knows it and Stella, their daughter can’t talk much but she called him ‘poop daddy’ all day long. So, he tried his best, they’re not that young anymore (well Darcy says she doesn’t look 41 and he should shut his mouth) but he thought it has been a long time since Darcy’s ritual was held in their (now) baby proof home. So he makes a fire, hot chocolates, bakes a cake (that tastes wayyy better off his wife’s lips btw) and cuddles his little family under warm blankets. Darcy forgives him, Stella keeps calling him ‘poop daddy’. He recognizes he can’t always win and makes peace with it.
Yes, I’ll explain this Catalan Christmas tradition every year
The Tió de Nadal is a pre-Christian tradition that basically consists on a log that poops presents for children on Christmas. The log has a face drawn, wears a barretina (the traditional Catalan hat), and is covered by a blanket so that he doesn’t get cold.
We place him in a visible place, such as the living room (if it’s close to a fireplace better), at the beginning of December, and children leave food (usually fruit peels, nuts…) to feed him.
Then, on Christmas Day (or, for some families, Christmas Eve), children hit him with long sticks while singing a song that asks him to give them presents. At the end of the song, the blanket is removed, and it reveals all the presents that were hidden under it, representing that he “pooped” them.
And it doesn’t seem weird to us until we have to explain it to a foreigner.