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Dec '09

‘Tis the Season

It’s definitely that time of year again.  Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) is here in The Netherlands.  He comes on a steamboat every year from Spain and stays a few weeks.  Gifts are given on Saint Nicholas’ birthday, December 5.  The next morning, he leaves to go back to Spain.


While Sinterklaas is in The Netherlands, children put their shoes by the fireplace or front door and get small gifts.  One favorite is a chocolate letter that is the initial of their first name.  No, Grace doesn’t get to eat the entire thing in one sitting.
Chocolate "G"

Chocolate "G"

Most Dutch people don’t decorate their homes for christmas until Sinterklaas goes back to Spain.  I’ve cheated a bit.  I have put everything out except our tree.

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