Communicating Across Boundaries hosted a guest post today about St. Nicholas (Sinterklaas) Day as well, but from the traditions of the Netherlands.
Earlier in the fall I asked readers for submissions on Christmas traditions around the world. I am delighted to offer you this post on Sinterklaas by Annelies Kanis who wrote the popular post The Trunk That Traveled the World.
Bright December moon is beaming
boys and girls now stop your play
for tonight’s the wondrous evening
eve of good St. Nicholas day
There is nothing quite like the magic of Saint Nicolas. Or as we say, Sinterklaas.
Saint Nicolas was a Turkish Saint from the 4th Century A.D. In the Netherlands we celebrate Sinterklaas on the evening before his name day, which is December 6th. The original Saint Nicolas had a reputation for secret gift giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out. And as it goes with legends, the legend of Saint Nicolas got bigger and bigger and somehow…
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