American children know Santa, but Italian children wait for La Befana, the good witch who rides a broomstick the night of January 5. The children wake up on January 6 -- the Feast of the Epiphany -- to find toys, candy, and fruit that she left
Some families in Hispanic communities in the U.S. practice traditions brought from Latin American countries. Children place hay and water under their beds the night of January 5, for the camels of the Three Kings, and wake up to find presents.
A popular dessert is the Rosca de Reyes, a wreath-shaped sweet bread with a small plastic baby Jesus hidden inside. If you get the piece with the baby in it, tradition says you must host a party on Feb. 2 for Candlemas