The Dutch have their own tradition in December (in addition to Christmas) called Sinterklaas. It does seem to be a little similar to Christmas in some ways, but there are also several key differences:
- Sinterklaas is not from the North Pole, he is from Spain
- Sinterklaas does not drive a magical sledge, he has a ship
- Sinterklaas does not have magical elfs helping him, he does however have a sidekick called Black Pete
- If you are naughty you not only don’t get any presents, you actually have to come back to Spain with Sinterklaas and Black Pete :O
Im sure there is a lot more as well, but I am new to all of this so Im sorry about any mistakes, hehe.
Rob and I thought it would be fun to celebrate this special event with both of our families, and they were all on board 🙂 My parents, sister and brother all flew over from Norway to celebrate with us last weekend, and Rob’s parents and sister all made traditional snacks and drinks that they brought over for the special evening (that we decided to have last saturday so that everybody could make it).
Beforehand everybody had to draw a name, and become that person’s secret santa. The idea was to buy the person you got assigned a larger gift, and just buy small gifts for everyone else. The tradition is to also make a special wrapping for the larger gift, something most of us didn’t do, but my secret santa did really well:
Rob’s dad made this wrapping, as you can see it is flowers with the Norwegian and the Dutch flags 🙂 he also wrote me a really sweet letter. I think we all had a great time, and I know that I speak on behalf of my family as well when I say that this was a great way for us to experience Sinterklaas! 🙂