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The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola
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The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola will be read at Children’s Storytime at Invoke, Morgan Leigh Kelsey’s new skincare boutique that recently opened at 13795 Seven Hills Road, Suite F, on the Old Mission Peninsula (drive around back). See photos of the opening here.

The reading will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m. and will last about an hour. There’s no charge, and kids (and grownups!) of all ages are welcome. The event will include a snack and craft, and Befana herself will read the story!

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The story is based on the lore of Befana, a Christmas witch in Italy. Legend has it that Befana flies across the sky on Twelfth Night, leaving cakes and cookies for children as they sleep. Being a good housekeeper, many say she will sweep the floor before she leaves. To some, the sweeping means the sweeping away of the problems of the year. The child’s family typically leaves a small glass of wine and a plate with a few morsels of food, often regional or local, for Befana.

For more info about Invoke, visit Morgan’s website, call (517) 256-5317, or email [email protected].

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