Santa ClausBeing that it’s Christmas Eve, it seems entirely appropriate for me to wish you a Merry Christmas – the few of you readers who might still be floating around out there in the internet shadows.

So, Merry Christmas to you and yours. May the booze flow freely enough to dilute your eggnog tonight and into tomorrow.I’m currently visiting family on the east coast and, therefore, can’t be bothered to come up with anything significantly entertaining for you to read. As such, I leave you with a link to an entry on the mental_floss Blog featuring 8 Truly Strange Christmas Customs.
My favorite?

Another Catalonian tradition is the Caganer, a Christmas statue found in nativity scenes in Andorra and parts of Spain, Italy, and Portugal. The scenes depict the entire town of Bethlehem, and the Caganer is usually tucked away in a corner, far from Mary and Joseph. The Caganer needs privacy, because he is defecating. There are quite a few explanations for this custom, but none have been confirmed as the original source. Caganers have been used for at least a couple hundred years.

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