Now, I knew I wanted a Tió, but pretty little logs aren't really readily available in Amsterdam, there are no Christmas markets selling them, and my wood-working skills are pretty rubbish. Given that Oscar is only a few weeks old, I thought the best idea was to make one out of felt, naturally, what else with me?! Above are the raw elements (though the green leaves I was planning to put on the stick I abandoned as it's not very traditional) and below, the finished result. I tried to keep as close to the real deal as possible... hopefully my hubby gives Tió the thumbs up too.
I'm posting this now, but I made it a while ago while on maternity leave (as if I'd have time now with a new baby). Tió comes complete with little legs, a happy face and googly-eyes, his Catalan cap, blanket, and of course, the stick to beat him with...! I can't wait to film Edu holding Oscar and singing the song and whacking the log, and my family and I in stitches as we witness the first of many magic moments with our Tió.