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« Topic Start: December 12, 2008, 10:18:07 am »

Taking Flight with Italy's Holiday Witch

In Babbo Natale, Italy has its own Father Christmas. But it's La Befana, the ugly, broom-flying and present-wielding witch who keeps children on their toes in many parts of the country. Like St. Nick, Befana knows who's been naughty and nice.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,596060,00.html#ref=rss
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« Reply #1: December 12, 2008, 04:17:09 pm »

Taking Flight with Italy's Holiday Witch

This is one of the things that I really like about many of the European Christmas customs -- the variations of Father Christmas have a real variety of 'helpers' for good or ill (but usually ill.) In North American we seem to have kept the idea of 'he knows when you've been bad or good' but just kept with the reward (and the punishment for ill behaviour is simply... no reward.)

I *like* the scary parts of the myths (oh, Krampus, Pere Foutard and all the other Christmas 'devils'. I like you much better than toy-making elves!)
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« Reply #2: December 12, 2008, 10:08:37 pm »

This is one of the things that I really like about many of the European Christmas customs -- the variations of Father Christmas have a real variety of 'helpers' for good or ill (but usually ill.) In North American we seem to have kept the idea of 'he knows when you've been bad or good' but just kept with the reward (and the punishment for ill behaviour is simply... no reward.)

I *like* the scary parts of the myths (oh, Krampus, Pere Foutard and all the other Christmas 'devils'. I like you much better than toy-making elves!)


Holy crap! Krampus alone would make every garden-variety American neighborhood bully piss his pants.

http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/greal/NewAYA/salzburg_info/subpages/christmas.html
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« Reply #3: December 13, 2008, 02:57:37 pm »



and how about this custom? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ti%C3%B3_de_Nadal
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« Reply #4: December 13, 2008, 03:12:57 pm »


My kids want one of those.
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« Reply #5: December 13, 2008, 07:58:14 pm »



A fine, if unintentional, segue from my saying, "Holy crap!"
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« Reply #6: December 13, 2008, 08:26:29 pm »


Holy crap! Krampus alone would make every garden-variety American neighborhood bully piss his pants.

http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/greal/NewAYA/salzburg_info/subpages/christmas.html

oooh I like him!
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« Reply #7: December 14, 2008, 11:11:05 am »

Taking Flight with Italy's Holiday Witch

In Babbo Natale, Italy has its own Father Christmas. But it's La Befana, the ugly, broom-flying and present-wielding witch who keeps children on their toes in many parts of the country. Like St. Nick, Befana knows who's been naughty and nice.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,596060,00.html#ref=rss

I absolutely adore Befana. My kids would get their last Holiday gift from her on the last day of December, but only if they had cleaned their rooms and put away all their new gifts and toys. If not, she wouldn't leave a gift until they did.
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« Reply #8: December 14, 2008, 11:52:25 am »

I absolutely adore Befana. My kids would get their last Holiday gift from her on the last day of December, but only if they had cleaned their rooms and put away all their new gifts and toys. If not, she wouldn't leave a gift until they did.

Oooh, nice one! I like that idea.  Does anyone else utilize these figures?
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« Reply #9: December 14, 2008, 12:37:27 pm »

Oooh, nice one! I like that idea.  Does anyone else utilize these figures?

Thanks.  Smiley
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« Reply #10: December 14, 2008, 05:02:21 pm »


lol, I read something similar recently:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caganer

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