The legend of “La Befana” is that of an old witch lady who met the 3 Wise Men on their search for the baby Jesus, asked “La Befana” to join them in their quest. She initially declined, stating she had too much housework to do. She later changed her mind and went looking for the 3 Wise Men and the baby Jesus, but was unable to find them. Therefore, every year, on the night of January 5th, “La Befana”, will travel on her magic broom, to every house in Italy in search of the baby Jesus bringing gifts. Climbing down the chimneys, she brings candy or fruit to the children that were good and black coal , onions or garlic to the children that were naughty. The children will leave out their stockings, and even their shoes, hoping to awake on the morning of January 6th to a treat from “La Befana”.
Taken from here: http://www.italian-link.com/pages/labefana.shtml
To read a better version of it- visit: http://mymerrychristmas.com/library/christmas-legends-5/the-tale-of-la-befana-120/
The kids get to eat some cookies, see a great Magician, then La Befana comes out and they all get to visit with her and she gives them all a little prize. Below are some of the great photos from that!
|Captivated by the Magician|
|Grace and Luke Helping|
|Jack-Jack hanging out|
|Addy and La Befana|
|Grace- last year she was too scared- not now!|
|Luke and the Witch|