Happy Epiphany! (Plus Links for Friends)

Happy Epiphany, Everybody!!

Today's the day that tradition commemorates the arrival of the Three Wise Men to venerate newborn baby Jesus...

In celebration, January 6th was always the day Italians traditionally exchanged presents in the spirit of the ones given by the Magi. Nothing so fancy, though... This morning you would awake to find your stocking filled by the Befana, or the good winter witch. As you can see, apparently she works in a union and has to employ unusual delivery methods in Venice! (Actually, the photo at left is taken from the annual "Regatta della Befana," or Venetian rowing contest with old gondoliers dressed up like the good witches...)

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