Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Eve!

I was thinking of ways I can add more tradition to our Christmas. Not make is to much about the Elf. My friend Joy is from Germany and of course follows that Country's traditions. Which, by the way do not include putting a pickle in your tree. So I thought let’s look at Ireland. But messed up and hit the link for Italy. Now, I know my mind is warped, but this struck me as beyond funny:

According to the History of Christmas: 

In Italy the children wait until Epiphany, January 6, for their presents. According to tradition, the presents are delivered by a kind ugly witch called Befana on a broomstick. It was said that she was told by the three kings that the baby Jesus was born, she was busy and delayed visiting the baby.

She missed the Star lost her way and has been flying around ever since, leaving presents at every house with children in case he is there. She slides down chimneys, and fills stockings and shoes with good things for good children and it is said leaves coal for children who are not so good.

Okay, first can you imagine Abby waiting until Jan 6th to open her gifts?  But more importantly what woman would not only miss the Star but then spend a million years flying around not stopping to ask for directions?

I will end this with a wish that you all have a Merry Christmas Eve my friends. May you not finish the wine before you finish putting the toys together and gifts under the tree!


  1. Being Italian and knew this story, but you are so right no woman would fly around for a million years and not ask for directions! Merry Christmas Eve to you and your family, Kerri :)

    1. Haha, this post is so cool! You totally nailed that thing with the witch!

      Merry Christmas, dear Kerri, to you and your loved ones! xo

  2. No pickle?!?! You mean the instructions on our pickle lied to us!?!? :). Actually, it was my husband's German grandparents who told us, but the pickle we bought backed them up.
    The ugly witch story is hilarious. Perhaps Italian women don't stop either?
    Merry Christmas!


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