ProfWag wrote:You're referring to La Befana who comes on the night of the 5th of January. Her story is indeed quite like that of our Santa, but as someone who was living there just a few years ago, the Italians are becoming more like the rest of Europe during the holidays. You're right though that La Befana is the one kids wait for.
I'll admit, there is something quite magical about Italy at Christmas time. Most definitely not the commercialized version of Christmas we have in the States. Germany is quite nice as well--especially their Christmas markets with their version of wassel.
I spent Christmas in Puerto Rico one year and it was also lovely. Festive yet tastefully reserved is the best way that I can put it.