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Legend has it that Befana was sweeping her house when the Three Kings stopped and asked her for directions to Bethlehem. Being a good housekeeper, Befana did not go with them to see the baby Jesus, but she later regretted her decision, and has been looking for the baby Jesus ever since. On her search, she’ll leave treats for well-behaved children and coal, sticks or onions for naughty ones.

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