Babushka and the Three Kings

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abushka and the Three Kings is a Russian folktale of an old woman in the eternal search for the Christ baby.

The three kings stay at Babushka’s home on their way to Bethlehem and urge her to join them to see the “new King of Heaven and Earth”. Babushka however refuses the 3 kings but later regrets her decision and takes the road on her own, led by the bright star to see baby Christ. Alas, when she reaches Bethlehem, the 3 kings and baby Christ have left.

Children today still scan faces of old women on Christmas Eve to find the legendary Babushka.

Author: Ruth Robbins
Translation: Ashwini Barve
Illustrations: Nicholas Sidjakov
Storyteller: सुनंदा

Author: Ruth Robbins
Translation: Ashwini Barve
Illustrations: Nicholas Sidjakov
Storyteller: Granny’s Book Nook
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La Befana: The Italian version of Babushka

La Befana is an old witch that searches every town for baby Jesus and gives chocolates through the chimney to the good children, on her way. Traditionally, families in Italy even lay out wine and broccoli for the witch on Christmas Eve.
Read more on: https://mariasaracino.com/2014/12/28/the-legend-of-la-befana/

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