Italian Witch Dolls
In Italy, the Christmas holiday season lasts through January 6th - the Epiphany, and on that day La Befana, known to some as the Christmas witch, brings goodies to all of Italy's children. Children hang stockings on the side of their beds, and the next morning the stockings are filled with trinkets and candy.
And then there's the Italian Grandmother Witch - Strega Nona, a benevolent, wise old county crone. There are lots of stories and of course the famous Strega Nona book series, about this sweet old crone!