Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Hoera voor Sinterklaas!

Some of you may know that we used to live in Holland when Sons No.1 & No.2 were small (in fact they were born there). One tradition we loved to join in with was the early December excitement and gift giving around December 5th/6th.

As you can seen, Sint & Piet didn't exactly factor in shoe size when leaving gifts!
Three of those packages will have contained the appropriate yummy chocolate initials!

There's a post all about St Nikolaas traditions on the CKCB today if you want to know more and get some creative inspiration from fellow Master Forger Lisa.

P.S. We also had fun before becoming parents with Sinterklaasavond "surprises" but that's a whole different post!


Sian said...

I do love the idea of a bit of early gift giving! Do you keep up the tradition now?

Lisa said...

I love this! I was only speaking to a student today who lived and worked in The Netherlands some time ago and he was telling us about the similarities between their traditions and Germany. And one of my other students made the point that as a child an added thing was that the shoes/boots needed to be cleaned before being put outside!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love this idea of an early December tradition. I think there's something similar in Mexico. Will take a look.

Lizzie said...

Several people have mentioned St Nicholas' Day present-giving today.
Love the photo - with the tiny wee shoe and the huge present!

Alison said...

We have a Public Holiday for St Nicholas here in Spain today, but there is no present- giving involved!
Alison xx

alexa said...

How lovely - I didn't know about this. With an international family, you could have present-giving nearly every week in December!

scrappysue said...

Sounds like a really fun tradition, and how cool you got to live in Holland!

Missus Wookie said...

We do St Nick celebrations here - didn't think to take photos this year - bad scrapper.