Saturday, January 06, 2007

Happy Little Christmas!

Growing up in an Italian family we had a tradition of putting our shoes out in the kitchen on the night of January 5th. La Befana would come and fill them with candies, coins and small trinkets. I still put my shoes out for her each year! Happy Little Christmas.

La Befana is a character in Italian folklore, similar to Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus. The character may have originated in Rome, then spread as a tradition to peninsular Italy.

Her name derives from the festival of Epiphany, and she visits all the children of Italy on the eve of 6 January to fill their socks with candy if they are good or a lump of coal if they are bad. Being a good housekeeper, many say she will sweep the floor before she leaves. The child's family typically leaves a small glass of wine and a plate with a few morsels of food, often regional or local, for Befana.

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