Christmas is kind of a big deal in Italy and the celebrations aren’t limited to December 25. The Christmas season officially kicks off on December 8, which is also a national holiday known as Immacolata Concezione. And if you’re in Northern Italy on December 13, you should know that it’s a regional tradition to expect the arrival of gift-bearing St. Lucia on this day. The major Christmas celebrations, however, take place from December 24 through December 26. December 24 (i.e., Christmas Eve) is when you can expect a huge seafood feast; most of the gift opening (and more feasting) occurs on Christmas day; and December 26 is not Boxing Day, but rather St. Stephen’s Day—a holiday that’s reserved for spending time and sharing leftovers with family and friends. December 26 isn’t the end of the festivities, though: the holiday season doesn’t end until January 6, Epiphany Day, when la befana comes with still more gifts and goodies for children.