In Italy, Befana is a good witch, more like a fairy, who resides in chimneys and flies about on her broom on this night. Children leave focaccia, rather than cookies, for her near the fireplace the night before. In return she fills their stockings and shoes with toys and candy. Naughty children get lumps of charcoal and garlic! Legends tells that Befana was busy cleaning and sweeping when the Three Kings stopped by. She was too busy to go with them to see the Christ Child and set out on her own later, but she got lost and she is still looking for Him.
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