La Befana

While many know the story of Santa Claus, or Babbo Natale, only Italians know of La Befana—the kind witch who brings gifts on the 6th of January, marking Epiphany day. Here's how the story goes: 

La Befana, an older woman who found joy in housework, spent most of her days and nights sweeping and gardening. She lived in a small house on the road that led to Bethlehem.