Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Dutch tradition: it's Sinterklaas!

Oh my, as a kid this was always my favourite day of the year. Even better than Christmas and my birthday! What is it, you might think? Sinterklaas is a Dutch tradition, which has similarities with Christmas but is still quite different. Sinterklaas does look alot like Santa though!
 Every year he comes with his boat from Spain to Holland to give kids presents. He arrives in November, but on December 5th it is his actual birthday. This we celebrate today. Legend is that Sinterklaas comes to bring presents on his white horse and drops the gifts in the chimney. Kids sing songs near the chimney, songs about gifts and Sinterklaas being safe on the roof, where he delivers his gifts.
Sinterklaas always means lots of candy too, like the famous pepernoten and chocolate letters. It's fun!!

So happy Sinterklaas to all the readers in Holland! Don't eat too much candy hahaha.

9 comments:

  1. Hello,
    I'm visiting from the Blog Hop and glad to be following via GFC!

    Thank you for sharing the story of Sinterklaas! I love this and have shared it with my husband. I'm very much enjoying your blog already and have read 4 of your posts so far!

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  2. You have a wonderful blog!! I'm your newest follower from the “followers to friends” blog hop - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back: godsgrowinggarden.com
    Thanks
    Angie

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  3. I love this story! Thanks for sharing such a lovely tradition with us Susie! :)

    xo

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  4. Just found your blog through Sweet Pea Sylvie's blog hop, i'm a new follower :)

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  5. this is so neat - why have i not heard of it before? - glad i found your blog through the friends to followers hop and excited to be your newest follower (maybe stalker is a more accurate word)!
    love,
    elisabeth

    p.s. i'd love for you to drop by lavitaebella-elisabeth.blogspot.com and say hi when you get a chance!

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  6. Hallo daar!

    New follower here from the blog hop!

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  7. Wow, thank you all for liking the story (and my blog)! Great to have you all here :)

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  8. HI! New follower here from the Saturday Morning Hop! Excited to have found you. Great post! Would love a visit back from you at Moms Surviving Kids!
    Megan@ www.momssurvivingkids.com

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