Italy: A Witchy Holiday
Rather than December 25th, the bigger celebration in Italy comes on the eve of the Epiphany holiday, which is on January 6th. According to legend, a witch named Belfana decided to not visit the baby Jesus and present him with a gift. Soon after, she regretted her decision and went to visit baby Jesus but was unable to find him. So, instead, Belfana decided to give gifts to all the other children. Riding a broom, she flies down the chimney and leaves treats and gifts for those who leave food and wine out for her.