Christmas carols are fading away, "On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... a partridge in a pear tree." Today is the twelfth day of Christmas which marks the three Kings' visit to the newborn Jesus. Here at home, it's time to store holiday decorations away for another year. We're almost back to normal once again.
Yesterday we shopped for one final seasonal gift for our grand niece, Ava, and found this lovely blouse with an Italian flavor. Italian folklore tells of an old lady, Befana, who visits children on the eve of Epiphany to fill their socks with gifts if they've been good. She is portrayed as an old woman with a shawl who carries a sack of presents and rides on a broomstick through the air. Legend has it that long ago the three Kings invited Befana to join them on their journey, but she was too busy with housework. She later changed her mind and now endlessly searches for the baby Jesus while delivering gifts to children. You might say she's a female Santa Claus -- on a broom. Buon Anno!