|Befana, the Christmas Witch|
Then there is my favorite Christmas story; Befana the Christmas Witch. Much as the Yuletide Witch know as Lutzelfrau, Befana visited the children of Italy and put candy and gifts in their shoes if they were good, or a lump of coal if they were bad. She is usually portrayed as a hag riding a broomstick through the air wearing a black shawl and is covered in soot because she enters the children's houses through the chimney. Sound familiar?
Happy Christmas to all the beautiful good Witches of the world.