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Feast of Sinterklaas

Feast of Sinterklaas


My name is Jocelyn. I’m an ex-pat living
in the Netherlands, and I have come to enjoy quite
a few of the Dutch Sinterklaas traditions. We have some of them
for show for you here. I really enjoy how
the children often put a carrot in
a clog or a shoe, in anticipation for
Sint’s horse arriving. And although it’s a very
different Christmas tradition, I can relate to how,
in my home country, oftentimes we’ll put something
out for Santa’s reindeer that come with his sleigh. So I can sort of relate
to this tradition. They also sing quite a
variety of Sinterklaas traditional songs. Sinterklaas kapoentje, Gooi wat in mijn schoentje, Gooi wat in mijn laarsje, Dank u Sinterklaasje! So that’s my poor
American interpretation of how that traditional
Sinterklaas song would go. There’s also a large variety
of sweet and tasty treats. Here, we have some marzipan
in a variety of shapes. So this is carrots and potatoes
and a sausage interpretation of marzipan. We have pepernoten
and kruidnoten. I don’t believe that we have
kruidnoten here with us. We have chocolate letters here. Yeah, and here, and as I mentioned,
the marzipan figures. So in conclusion, about
this tradition as a whole, on December 5, I have come
to learn that children rush… There will be a knock at
the door and, hopefully, a bag of presents, on the
evening of December 5. Sometimes Sinterklaas
himself comes to the house. and obviously, you will not see
children rushing to the door if they have been bad, another
tradition that I can relate to. In the U.S. at
Christmastime, bad children get coal from Santa. So Sinterklaas does not
reward bad children either. And the presents are
opened once Sinterklaas has left, while people eat
these traditional sweets and conclude their
Sinterklaas celebrations.

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