If you want to celebrate Christmas in Italy, then you’ll be wishing everyone a Buon Natale. The celebrations in Italy start 8 days before Christmas and take place over 3 weeks. This period is called Novena and during this time children dress up as shepherds and play and sing musical instruments, and recite Christmas poems. They go from one house to another cheering up people and in turn are given some money to buy presents. Unlike other Christmas traditions in the world, children wait till January 6th to open their presents, when according to tradition, they are brought by a kind ugly witch called Befana.