Everyone’s been there. It’s Christmas morning, you’re on your way to Aunt Kathy’s and someone tells you that your cousins from Florida are coming down for a Christmas surprise! Uh oh. Now you’re half way to Kathy’s with no gifts for the cousins who came all this way. You pull over to the closest Gas Station and pursue the shelves for *something*. Well, Fred and Mel have some great suggestions for those last minute gift ideas.
2.Catalonia’s “Poo Log”
In the Catalonia the Tió de Nadal or “Poo Log” can be found in many homes over the holidays. It is decorated with a face and blanket. The children need to take good care of the log, keeping it warm and even feeding it. If they are good to the log it is supposed to “poop presents” on Christmas Day. Hence – poop log.
4. Ukraine’s Christmas Spider
In Ukraine, they forego the tinsel and ornaments and instead decorate their tree with artificial spiders and webs! This comes from a Christmas legend where a poor family, without money for decorations, was surprised one morning when a spider had spun a web over their tree to make it look like it was covered in silver and gold. It is rumoured this is where tinsel comes from!
7. Iceland’s Magical Shoes
In Iceland children leave shoes on their window sill for the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Every morning they awaken to find it stuffed with sweets or gifts.
10. Iceland’s Yule Cat
In Ireland, if you do not receive new clothes before Christmas Eve, you are said to be devoured by a mythical cat that roams the Icelandic Hills. I think this is probably a reason just to make sure kids don’t complain about receiving clothes for Christmas instead of games….but either way. Pretty cool.