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Sinterklaasdag

 

December 5 is SINTERKLAASDAG (Santa Claus Day) in the Netherlands.

 

The holy trinity is:

Sinterklaas

Amerigo (his horse)

Zwarte Piet = Black Pete (his helper)

 

3 years ago today I moved to the Netherlands.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!



Sinterklaasdag

 

December 5 is SINTERKLAASDAG (Santa Claus Day) in the Netherlands.

 

The holy trinity is:

Sinterklaas

Amerigo (his horse)

Zwarte Piet = Black Pete (his helper)

 

3 years ago today I moved to the Netherlands.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!



comments (43)

  • Sally
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Dec 2012, 00:59
Fabulous Ginnie smilesmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sally. smile
Outstanding photo! Congrats on your three years!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Robin. I remember the move as though it happened yesterday! smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Dec 2012, 03:25
Great colours and presentation, Ginnie...but, is it edible?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ray, and HA! What lies at his feet is definitely edible! smile
"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!" reminds me of an old Gahan Wilson cartoon. Santa at a gas station. The attendant has a map out and is saying "Yes, Santa, there is a Virginia."
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! I LOVE IT, Michael. Thanks for the smile. smile
I like this shot of Sinterklaasdag Ginnie... i see lots of Dutch chocolate there as well... i like Black Petegrin
i'm sure that the three years seem like just a few days ago my friend! ....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: This is what Sinterklaasdag is here in the Netherlands, Peter, and I really like that it's a different day from Christmas! A true separation of the commercial and religious significance of the holiday!

And yes, I can remember the move as though it happened yesterday! Has it really been 3 years???
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Dec 2012, 06:47
There certainly is Ginnie - and look what you found in your stocking!
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Chris. What I found in my stocking, indeed! smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Dec 2012, 07:02
Yes Virginia, there is a Sinterklaas. I told you grin...
People get a kick out of our story about moving to Holland on the 5th of December, they all tell me that I had the best Sinterklaas ever smile and yes I agree.
This is an adorable picture, a wonderful scene and YES everything is edible, even the money.
Ginnie Hart: We were each other's gift to ourselves and I will never forget that the actual move happened on Sinterklaasdag, MLMA! It doesn't ever get better than that!
Delightful. Have a wonderful day on this doubly special day.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Bill. Double the pleasure, for sure! smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Dec 2012, 08:18
And the hearts of all little and tall children are jumping up - an anniversary for you both and a fine day to celebrate it a bit by enjoying some sweets! Oh, "everything is edible", even Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet themselves? Please, let them be surviving!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Not everything here is edible, of course. I think Astrid was dreaming. grin Thanks, Philine.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 5 Dec 2012, 08:31
Did Peter used to be his slave before his liberation Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: Don't even get me started, Chad. The Black Pete's have been part of the Sinterklaas tradition since forever. But now people are talking about being politically correct. (sigh)
An enerating day today! Marius is waiting anxiously for his presents. Still: one of the highlights of the year.
Ginnie Hart: I'm learning new things about THIS day every year, Wim. Just this morning we heard a loud racket outside and saw that Sinterklaas had arrived at the primary school nearby. I was able to take a picture of him entering the school with my 300 mm lens. How fun!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 5 Dec 2012, 09:12
Oh...I just love this!! And - Happy 3 year anniversary!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thak you, Marcie. This is a big "holiday" for me, as you can imagine. smile
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 5 Dec 2012, 09:23
Je croque les pièces d'or ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée
JP
Ginnie Hart: The gold coins are for you, JP, since you asked first. smile Merci.
A cute little display for such a happy day for you. A good reason to celebrate.
Ginnie Hart: It's a double celebration for me from this day forward, Mary. smile Thanks.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 5 Dec 2012, 09:40
Not surprisingly, you and Astrid are on the same wavelength today. Three years -great!
Ginnie Hart: We almost never show each other our images for any given day, Lisl, which is part of the great fun of SC for us. smile Three years is a biggie...after 2 and 1. HA! Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Dec 2012, 09:40
Who is Virginia? Sounds very important.

You people enjoy the day and the anniversary of the move. Have some speculaas and a chocolate letter on me.
Ginnie Hart: I 'spect some people don't know that Ginnie is a nickname for Virginia, Louis. And that phrase, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus," goes all the way back to 1897:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes,_Virginia,_there_is_a_Santa_Claus

Have you noticed that Astrid and I celebrate several days? smile This is one of the biggies, for sure.
  • Laurette
  • South Africa
  • 5 Dec 2012, 09:43
A marvelous capture of Sinterklaas Ginnie with beautiful vibrant colours. And who said Sinterklaas is not real !!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Laurette. I, for one, KNOW Santa Claus is real. grin
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Dec 2012, 09:50
Somehow or other "Santa Claus day" seems to be far more fitting to the season than Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the other names given to the mad rush to spend money. Is the guy in the hat supposed to Santa or some sort of bishop? The chocolate money reminds me of my childhood; we seemed quite happy to get that as a significant present as we knew of nothing else.
Ginnie Hart: You nailed one big difference between Sinterklaas and Santa Claus, Alan: what he looks like. Yes, he looks like a Bishop here! And he usually has several Black Petes, like our elves:
https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=sinterklaas&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=39468505&biw=1680&bih=911&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=Jy-_UNnAGsiThgfPn4HgDw
Wow, already three years in Holland?
What's next?
Guess you ought to teach us how to eat herring next! ;o)
Yes, the proper way! Of course xx
Ginnie Hart: 3 years, yes, LC, and right now there's nothing next except to keep discovering everything around us! smile

Speaking of herring, scroll down this link and see Astrid eating it the Dutch way:
http://www.ginniehart.blogspot.nl/2012/10/gorinchems-2012-botenbeurs-boat-auction.html
My grand-daughter and I discussed this topic yesterday - Do we believe in Santa Claus. We came to the conclusion that we both do, otherwise there is no reason for "Christmas Spirit". So we are going Christmas shopping together today, after school.

Sorry if this upsets those who think we have missed the real reason for Christmas - we do both know what it is.
Ginnie Hart: One of the things I just LOVE about the 5th being Sinterklaasdag here in the Netherlands, Sheila, is because it is properly separated from the 25th, the real reason for the season. Only in the last years has the commercialism from America seeped over The Pond, making the 25th also a Santa Claus day for gifts. It's one of the things I wish did NOT come over!
I like how he's kept his Bishop's hat here Ginnie. When the kids said there's no such thing as father Christmas we could always say "yes there was and his name was Saint Nicholas". Sounds like a wonderful time over there in the Netherlands Ginnie and what a great day for your anniversary
Ginnie Hart: St. Nicholas is truly Sinterklaas, Janet, and adds the old-world flavor we so miss in America. I reallt DID come to Europe when I arrived on Sinterklaasdag 3 years ago! What serendipity! smile Thanks.
Amerigo looks as though he's had it!
Ginnie Hart: HA! I thought so, too, Tom! grin
this would have scared me as a child i think, hahaha.... great shot smile
Ginnie Hart: I wonder if kids here are ever scared, Elaine? Well, they are also in America with our Santa Claus, so I'm sure! smile Thanks.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Dec 2012, 14:54
It sounds a great tradition.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Anne, it is!
A delightful shot Ginnie, and a memorable day for you of course. Coincidentally I included an article in our church weekly newsletter, which I edit for my sins, all about Sinterklaas in last Sunday's edition.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, how fun, Brian. It's a small world after all. smile Thanks.
Lovely presentation and thank you Ginnie! I now feel inspired to do a chocolate still life grin
Ginnie Hart: HA! Please let me/us see it when you're done, Martin! smile
  • rian
  • United States
  • 5 Dec 2012, 15:17
those sure are cute mascots to celebrate the event.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Almost like our Santa, elves and reindeer, Rian, right? grin Thanks.
One would have to bite the gold coins to check that they were genuine smile
Ginnie Hart: I guess that's the point, John. HA!
Yikes. I understand it's tradition. But seeing Zwarte Piet played by actors in blackface makes me a bit queasy.

Anyway, congratulations on your anniversary!
Ginnie Hart: The Dutch are so used to it, Michael, they never think twice about the Black Petes. HA! Kinda like our American elces???? Thanks for the congrats.
What a wonderful display for such a special day for you Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a lot, Richard. Merci.
Another milestone for you!!!! I love the photo!
Ginnie Hart: We have so many special celebrations, Elizabeth, we're having fun all year long. HA! Thanks.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 5 Dec 2012, 19:41
Did you receive any gifts Ginnie? I haven't forgotten you even if it seems like I have smile
Ginnie Hart: Astrid brought home a pure chocolate letter that we're both eating off of as we speak, Frida. HA! How's that for a gift! grin Oh, and we're going to a special Christmas concert in a catholic church in Amsersfoort on Sunday night. That will really get us in the Christmas spirit!
As a well followed import, here, so far he's only celebrated on the 24th (& a nice edible Christmas)!
Ginnie Hart: And to think that he and Amerigo, his horse, come from Spain to the Netherlands each year, Juan Carlos. I find that most intriguing. Not from the North Pole. HA!
A heart-warming picture...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Larry. It totally epitomizes Sinterklaasdag! smile
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 6 Dec 2012, 08:28
Sinterklaas says to Peter, 'there we are, all equal and no discrimination because of the colour of our skin. Let's pick on the reindeer, look I have just punched him in the face'
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! Sounds reasonable to me, Chad. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan
  • 6 Dec 2012, 10:28
I've always been interested in this guy Black Pete. smile Looks like he is the carrier. And this cute photo gives me an idea for making puppets for James. Wouldn't it be cool to create a puppet for every member of his family?
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhhhhhh. I can just see it now, Sister: Christmas puppets for everyone, including g'ma and g'pa! grin

Usually there are several Black Petes at any given time whenever you see Sinterklaas. They're like our Christmas elves. Lots of helpers. And they're always handing out kruidnoten to the kids of all ages. Then to add to the fun, kids dress up in "Halloween costumes" as Sinterklaas and Black Pete. smile
  • tede
  • France
  • 6 Dec 2012, 17:27
Très belle image, des cadeaux et des gourmandises, je vais me régaler smile Bonne soirée Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: A happy Sinterklaasdag to you, dear Tede! smile Merci.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Dec 2012, 21:31
Santa bringing gifts, it is what he does ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Cherry, exactly! smile
Beautifully colourful, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Grame. The colors of the season, for sure.
great shot. new info for me about the santa claus day
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ayush. It was new for me, too, until just before I moved here! smile I love that it's a separate day from the 25th!
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 8 Dec 2012, 17:54
A colourful set of characters. Yet it was the chocolate money that caught my eye - it used to be a much loved munch at 6.00 on a Christmas morning long, long ago.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Don't we just love the thought of chocolate money! smile Thanks, George.
So colorful and candid, Great compo Ginnie and a lovely to celebrate your move to Netherlands. Already 3 years !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Flo. Time sure does fly, doesn't it! Merci.
oh que c'est adorable
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Angevine. Merci.

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