We first made these adorable rag Befana dolls to hang in our doorway so that she would know to stop at our house this year. Using some scrap, we ripped them into small strips and wrapped them around a pine cone (you can use anything relatively round - like a wool felted ball for example) and tied them off at the neck. You could mark eyes on her if you want, but our scraps naturally lay to the sides, leaving two nice little holes which symbolized the eyes, so I just left it that way. We then made a babushka for her and tied a string around her neck to *hang her* by our front door.
As far as I am concerned, I vividly remember those nights I was anticipating the arrival of the Befana. We would leave our socks (preferably the long ones) under the Christmas tree (in Italy the tree comes down after Jan. 6) before going to bed, and we'd find them in the morning filled with candies if we had been good, or coal if we had been less-than-good :) I remember receiving coal too.....but it was the candied, sugary one......really good!!
We'd also receive toys--my brothers and I received most of the toys on January 6 rather than on Christmas day. It was very fun!!! The witch was ugly and scary but she'd bring us lots of cool stuff if we were good.