OH MY GOD TODD I MISSED YOU, YOU DIRTY, POORLY DRAWN PERVERT.
So, a few people accurately guessed who the witch was, and on the inside I was all “LET ME LOVE YOU.” But in text I had to be all “We’ll have to wait and see~” But now the wolf’s out of the box, so it’s aaaaallllll good.
Not familiar with La Befana? Well, not to put too fine a point on it, but frankly, my dears, she’s Santa Clause.
I’m not even kidding guys. Here in America, we get this fun, jolly diabetic guy, but in Italy. They get a freaking broom-riding witch. How cool is that? It’s cool as ----, that’s how cool it is. The weird part is, with all of the varying Christmas traditions, I find myself with this strange holiday headcanon going on.
Aaaaanyway, I first heard of La Befana in late 2003, at Disney World of all places. My sister was on internship there, and we all went down to visit. As it turns out, during the holidays Epcot has holiday storytellers who discuss the holiday traditions of cultures around the world, as told by the various ‘Santas.’ It was very cool… but a little repetitive. Jolly guy with a beard… Serious guy in a beard... Jolly bearded gnome... Oh hey, the three wise men, that’s cool… Another bearded guy. And then I got to Italy, and we were greeted bu this freakin’ awesome lady who called herself La Befana. The details of the story of La Befana vary, however, in general, the story generally says that she was an old woman, or a witch, depending on whom was speaking, and that, after meeting the three magi, she was inspired to begin expressing great charity to good children not on Christmas Eve, but on Epiphany Eve (the 5th of January). Some say that after she opened her home to the Magi as they traveled through, they offered to let her join them, but she had to decline, but later changed her mind and is still searching for Baby Jesus, some say that she was so moved by their quest that she decided to bring that joy to the children of Italy, whatever story you hear, it’s still awesome.
I’m still sick, but I am much better after a lot of time in bed.Got some artwork done, and the garden’s finally starting to shape up.But I still have a lot to do (Including getting to my messages, goodness!) so I’ll cut this short and have a longer comment next week! Be well!