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As well as Father Christmas, who else brings gifts for the children in Italy?
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In Italy, a kindly old witch named La Befana visits each house on twelfth Night (January 5th) and leaves presents for the children. Italian parents tell their children that La Befana will leave only ashes if they are naughty.
How to say "Merry Christmas" in Italy: "Buone Feste Natalizie"

The legends say that La Befana was sweeping when three wise men asked her to visit the Baby Jesus. She said she was too busy, and by the time she changed her mind, she could not find the wise men or the baby. Today she is still searching, which is why she visits each household on Twelfth Night (the night that the three wise men visited baby Jesus) and leaves presents for the children.

The season of Christmas begins 8 days before Christmas on December 17th and lasts until the Epiphany (also known as “Little Christmas”) on Janurary 6th. The eight days before Christmas are known as the Novena.

Italian children receive presents from BABBO NATALE (Father Christmas).

A nativity scene called a presepio, rather than a Christmas tree, is the focus of celebrations in most Italian homes. The figure of the Christ child is added to the scene on Christmas Eve.

Christmas sweets are very popular in Italy. They include 'panettones' (cakes filled with candied fruit), torrone (nougat) and panforte (gingerbread) made with hazelnuts, honey and almonds.

The traditional dish, in Rome, on Christmas Eve is Capitone, a large female eel, roasted, baked or fried. Fish dishes are also popular throughout Italy on Christmas Eve.

In Rome, cannons are fired from Castel St. Angelo on Christmas Eve to announce the beginning of the holiday season. A 24-hour fast ends with an elaborate Christmas feast.

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You see, somewhere deep down inside we all believe in something better than we now have or see, and most of us feel a lot better when we help someone. Whether the person is in need or not, this feeling is what I call the feeling of Christmas, and we all should strive to feel this way all year long.

The feeling of the Christmas holidays is truly all about family, friends and celebrating all things good.

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