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Epiphany and an Old Woman Bearing Gifts*

Traditionally, it is La Befana – and not Father Christmas – who brings gifts to the children of Central Italy.  It is on the morning of the Epiphany, that children would wake up to find packages under their beds.  If they … Continue reading

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Words and Civilisation: You Lucky Thing!

You tell a friend you are going on holiday to New York.  This person is most likely to exclaim (at least in England), “You lucky thing! I wish I were going!” You may find this reaction offensive on two fronts.  … Continue reading

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