Beautiful Legend Of La Befana – Witch Who Delivers Gifts To Children In Italy On Epiphany – Twelve Days After Christmas | Ancient Pages

 

Witches usually get a bad rap but La Befana, is a special lady. I LOVE the magical pagan elements of this legend. Enjoy. <3

Share this: Ellen Lloyd – AncientPages.com – In most countries children await the arrival of St. Nicolaus or Santa Claus who will bring them gifts. In Italy children eagerly count the days to the coming of La Befana on Epiphany, the Twelfth Night of Christmas. La Befana is a good broomstick-riding witch who delivers gifts to […]

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Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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26 Comments

  1. That’s so cool! I want gifts from a witch instead of a fat man 😉

  2. Well now… I did not know this and it brought a smile to my heart. <3

  3. Aw what a bittersweet legend. I like it very much. I really enjoy reading stories about Christmas that are from different cultures. Thanks for sharing. <3

  4. This is so interesting 🙂 Thank you for sharing it 🙂

  5. Tomie dePaola did a series of children’s books about a character he named, Strega Nona. She’s a grandmother witch. Perhaps he based her on this tale. My girls enjoyed his books.

    • I had never heard of La Befana. Baba Yaga, I had heard of. It’s cute how they worked her into the Christian Christmas story. I love these legends that tried to explain holidays. <3

  6. I have never heard this legend before. There are so many stories about Santa or the giver of gifts at Christmas. Hugs, dear friend.

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  8. I heard about La Befana before. She brings also handsome husbands to unmarried girls if they pray to her…

  9. Very interesting; this is the first I’ve heard of La Befana! 🙂

    • I love myths. They explain so much about our culture and how the ancients perceived the world. This was a new myth for me also. She is quite charming. Marina Costa said, “She brings also handsome husbands to unmarried girls if they pray to her…” <3

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