Here’s a perfect Christmas decoration to light up your home!
British Prime Minister David Cameron has been unveiled as one of 2015’s new Christmas ‘caganers’. He joins … other politicians, celebrities and famous characters who have been immortalised by the Spanish tradition.
‘El Caganer’ – literally ‘the crapper’ or ‘the s***ter’ – is a figurine which traditionally depicts a young peasant from Catalonia, sporting a red cap and smoking a pipe, defecating behind Mary and Joseph. The website, Caganer.com, produces modern versions representing celebrities and authority figures.
According to Caganer.com: “The Caganer is a likeable, well loved and respected figure in the typical Catalan Nativity crib. He is not meant as a jest, rather just the opposite, it is a type of homage to his/her personality, and the office and activity he/she represents.”
The somewhat scatalogical addition is a popular addition to nativity scenes in Catalonia, and neighbouring areas influenced by Catalan culture such as Andorra, Valencia and Northern Catalonia. Spreading as far as Portugal and southern Italy, El Caganer is said to symbolise fertilisation, as well as bringing luck and prosperity for the year ahead.
You can buy your very own David Cameron caganer from Caganer.com here.
And remember – the Cameron caganer doesn’t have to be exclusively for Christmas!
Why not put him on your mantelpiece afterwards, as a reminder of what Cameron and his Conservatives do to the UK, all year round?
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