As in many countries today, Italy is celebrating the 12 day after Christmas, l’Epifania, which is when the Old Woman, or, The Witch, is the one out and about delivering presents on the night of 5th for you to open on 6th.
Have you been good? (so many halos I can see!!)
In that case she will fill your stocking with sweeties and wonderful things.
Been naughty by any chance? (no didn’t think so!)
You’ll find a lump of coal in your stocking for sure.
You’d be best advised to leave a plate of something tasty for the Befana and a glass of Barolo if you don’t want coal!!
La Befana vien di notte
Con le scarpe tutte rotte
Col cappello alla romana
Viva, Viva La Befana!
The English translation
La Befana she comes at night
With her shoes all tattered and torn
She wears a witches hat
Long live La Befana!
Maybe only half a glass……