Since my LJ is titled From Bay Area to Barcelona!, I am posting not one, but two pictures of me in Christmas hats. The first was taken 10 years ago when I had my condo at Donner Lake. Surprisingly I still have this Santa hat.
The second picture was taken last year here in El Masnou sporting a barretina. A barretina is a traditional Catalan hat that was frequently worn by men. It is a hat in the form of a bag, made of wool, usually red. In its different variants, people wore it in parts of the Mediterranean such as Catalunya, Valencia, Eivissa (Ibiza), Provence, Corsica, Sicily, Sardinia, Napoli (Naples), part of the Balkans, and parts of Portugal. In Catalunya men wore it until the 19th century, especially in rural areas.
Papá Noel Chuck
Today, the barretina is no longer commonly worn, but is still used in folkloric dances, or as a symbol of Catalan identity. The Catalan Christmas figure caganer also wears a barretina.