ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Female Santa, Bafana!

Updated on February 25, 2018

Bafana Gives Santa a Job!

Bafana, the "The Christmas witch", she's a good witch everyone. Don't be afraid. Bafana had Santa's job before Santa became the present delivery guy on Christmas. Bafana is a figure in Italian folklore. She's a nice old lady that possesses magical powers and flies overhead on a broom, like a yucky, bad witch, but she used to deliver gifts to kids in Italy. She came on Epiphany Eve (January 5), though. Saint Befana was considered a witch, only because she was magic. She was a good witch, way cooler than Glenda from the Wizard of Oz, because Glenda only gave ruby slippers to Dorothy. She didn't give ruby slippers to all the little girls in Italy. So, there!!! Epiphany Eve was a celebration of Christ's birth before we celebrated what is known today as Christmas as Christians. I use "we" loosely, I was raised Catholic, although I am not a Catholic now. This was a celebration for the "coming of Christ" & was separate from his actual birthday (the nativity), the reason why we celebrate Christmas for the most part. I also must admit, her magical broom is way better than anything you could see out of Harry Potter. She uses it to sweep the kitchen, too!

Bafana & The Three Wiseman

Bafana Offered Shelter & Food to The Wisemen!

Bafana is said to have offered food and shelter to the three wiseman on the night they went to go visit Jesus in Bethlehem. She didn't know the way, but she told them to take a load off and have a snack before they continued on their long journey. She was like a super grandma who gives everybody snacks, and hooks you up with meatballs. I bet she cooked a mean sauce and an insatiable lasagna. The three wiseman asked if Bafana wanted to come meet Jesus, but she was busy taking care of her house and everybody around her. They were ok with that. She was a good lady, and too old to walk to Bethlehem from Italy. It was a long walk! Bafana's own child died, so she decided to become everyone's mom and grammy, and hook kids up with presents and snacks. That was her job. She doesn't want you to see her, though. Its a surprise. She gets grouchy if the surprise is spoiled.

Bafana's Shows Santa How to Give - What Does Bafana Bring?

Bafana followed the same rules as Mr. Claus. If you were bad, you were getting a big rock or coal in your stocking. If you were a good boy or girl and left her a small snack or a dinner and you were good to your parents and at school all year, you got a present, or presents, yay! Bafana came down the chimney just like Santa Claus. It seems Bafana taught Santa well, because he does lots of the same stuff as she did. Santa just took over when Bafana got too old to deliver presents. Just because you are magic does not mean you can't switch jobs. I'm not sure what Bafana is doing now, but I'll bet she is maxin' and relaxin' in a tropical location. Delivering presents is hard work! She used to carry around bags of gifts and candy, too, after all!

Bafana Today - Bafana's Retired, But She's Still Around!

Bafana just does not want you to see her, although she looks very good for her age. You might feel a little tap of a broomstick if you try to see her. Again, she hates when the surprise is spoiled. Its just her thing! So, I will satisfy your curiosity and you can see her here! She looks like a cute little Nana. She rocks! People still party with Bafana, not just in Italy, but in some other countries, too. She's retired, but heck, she still likes to party like a rockstar! I mean, after all, she is Bafana, the old Santa. I'm pretty sure you have to be a saint to get the job Santa and Bafana have held, as the present deliverers for the world!

Bafana's Story - We All Have One!

Befana wished she went with the Three Wise Men!

Bafana Songs! - The Italian Sing About Bafana

If you were awesome like Bafana, you would have songs written about you, too!

Italians Celebrate Bafana Coming! - She is Still Pretty Busy!

It looks like fun to hang out with Bafana. I hope some of us get to hang out with her some day. She seems like a cool person worth knowing, after all, she is a saint!

Learn More About Befana - Where to Find Cool Befana Stuf!

Do you love Befana now, I do. She is awesome!

Guestbook Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)