The Italian Gift Bringer

La Befana: 17th Century Italy
La Befana in long skirt and cape
This kind Italian lady emerged in Italy during the 17th century trend of 'replacing St. Nicholas. Her legend describes her as an old woman too busy with her housework to accompany the Magi in search of the manger. Later, feeling remorseful, she loaded a basket of gifts and fruit and set out to find the Christ child without success. Thereafter, known as 'the Good Christmas Witch', she travels on the Eve of Epiphany, January 5, giving gifts to good boys and girls and coal to the naughty ones. A broom is her mode of transportation, upon which she swoops down the chimneys!
During the Second World War, Benito Mussolini chose to be associated with his nation's gift-bringer and was known as "the fascist Befana".

La Befana: 14" (35 cm) - $195
La Befana: 28" (71 cm) - $395 (by order only)

Please Note :
1) Sizes are approximate.
2) Please allow 3 - 4 weeks for delivery of your order.
3) Materials may vary slightly depending on availability.
4) 'Faux' fur and 'Faux' leather may be substituted for natural fur and leather if desired.
5) 28" (71 cm) santas are purchased by order only, with a deposit of $100 unless otherwise indicated

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