La Befana and the Magi by Jessica Furiosi

La Befana and the Magi by Jessica Furiosi

If you travel to Italy during the Twelve Days of Christmas, especially as you get closer to the Epiphany on January 6th you will see a sight that is quite unique. Italy will suddenly transform itself something closer to an American Halloween than the Father Christmas we are used to at this time of year. There will be witches in the stores filled with candy and people dressed up for photo opportunities with costumed witches in the streets. This is a special witch named “La Befana.” According to Italian legend, as the Three Magi were traveling to visit the Baby...

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