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Your holiday traditions: Tió de Nadal

Laia Vicens Fuste held a holiday party with the Casal dels Catalans de California,a local Catalan culture group. There, kids participated in the Tió de Nadal tradition. Laia's own kids speak English, Spanish and Catalan, and she says passing down cultural traditions is an important way she stayed connected to her roots while she lived in the U.S. (Courtesy of Laia Vicens Fuste)
Laia Vicens Fuste held a holiday party with the Casal dels Catalans de California,a local Catalan culture group. There, kids participated in the Tió de Nadal tradition. Laia's own kids speak English, Spanish and Catalan, and she says passing down cultural traditions is an important way she stayed connected to her roots while she lived in the U.S. (Courtesy of Laia Vicens Fuste)

Here & Now listener Laia Vicens Fuste tells host Scott Tong about the Catalan holiday tradition of Tió de Nadal.

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A real, live, Tió de Nadal inside Laia Vicens Fuste’s home in Long Beach, California. The kids feed the Tió fiber-rich foods, because, well, the more you eat the more you poop. And more poop means more presents. (Courtesy of Laia Vicens Fuste)

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