The last day of holiday

L’Epifania tutte le feste porta via

In Italy, the 6th of January represents the last day of Christmas Holidays: the Feast of the Epiphany.

A very old Italian legend says that during the night of the 5th of January an old, witch-like woman riding a flying broom will go deliver candies to the children who have been good during the year, and coal to the children who have been bad.

The Befana – this is the witch’s name – has been part of the Italian tradition long before Santa Claus, even though rumors among the children say that the two of them are secretly married.

Leaving aside our imaginary gossip, how to deal with the “last day of holiday” feeling?

After you’ve woken up to find delicious candies waiting for you by the fireplace, feeling warm, coddled and comfy, it’s hard to think tomorrow you will have to go back to work.

What I did to enjoy my day anyway, was to try to keep myself occupied with positive and productive things, like:

  • eating candies
  • packing the Christmas tree and Presepe
  • doing some cleaning
  • eating some more candies
  • jumping around the house like an idiot with the new paperback version of my book
  • shopping on ebay for action figures (what if I’m 27? I’m a crazy collector!)
  • writing this post

And I felt the need to write this post because, even though I’m sure there are people who can’t wait to get back to their everyday life, I think of all the people, like me, who wish they could stop time and stay like this just a little longer. So I wish, to all of you who are reading this post, an amazing year.

And most of all I wish you to find time

Time to spend with your family
Time to take care of yourself
Time to travel
Time to read
Time to do what you love

Lots of love,


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