Tuesday last week was the epiphany (also known as the final day of the Christmas markets) which is celebrated in Italy with Befana, an old witch who flies on a broomstick and delivers candy to Italian children (and to Matt!). It was also a holiday, so I headed to Verona, where an effigy of Befana is burnt after sundown in the Veneto tradition that sees bonfires lit all around the region. Unlike last year I didn’t stay around to see the fire lit. It was cold, I had a cold, etc, so I headed back to Rovereto where we went for a final sickly sweet mulled wine at the markets.
And that should be the official end of the Christmas season, I think. Though I have neither packed away our small collection of Christmas decorations and cards, which are all sitting together as we don’t have a tree, nor have I taken down any of our 2014 calendars.
And so, I have nothing profound or anything of interest to add on what is shaping up to be an incredibly lazy Sunday. It may already be after 2pm and I may still be in my pyjamas. We got home late last night after a large and late (and delicious) dinner with friends and I am unwilling to disentangle myself from the blanket keeping me warm. Some mid afternoon movie watching may be in order. Another couple photos of Verona below.