In keeping with Catalan culture, the holidays in Northern Spain are celebrated later than in most European countries: According to Gonzalo, festivities truly culminate with Los Tres Reyes on January 6.
A parade reenacts the arrival of the Magi, or Three Kings, at baby Jesus’s manger. Children leave grass and water out for the kings’ camels—if they’ve been good, they’ll discover gifts in their shoes the following morning.
While Santa Claus is known to many Spanish families, Catalonia also has a character called Caga Tió. A log is decorated with a smiling face and red hat, then “fed” every night of the holiday season. On Christmas Eve, Caga Tió gets wrapped in a blanket and becomes a kind of piñata: children will hit Caga Tió with sticks until turrones fall out—a candy that cleverly resembles little “logs,” if you will.