December 5, 2010

St. Nicholas in Belgium

Prettige Feesten!   "Happy Holidays" from Belgium.

Yes, I am in Belgium now and today we celebrated the coming of St. Nicholas.  Belgium is such a great Country, that not only do they celebrate Christmas on December 25th, but on December 6th children wake up to gifts that St. Nicholas has left for them the night before.

There are some very close simularities between Santa Claus and St. Nicholas, but yet very different.  St. Nicholas rides a horse instead of a sleigh being pulled by 8 tiny reindeer.  His black helpers are called Zwarte Piet which is the Dutch name for the Moorish helpers, as opposed to the little elves who make the toys for Santa.  And St. Nicholas prefers to have a glass of wine left for him along with some carrots or turnips, and a sugar lump for the saint's horse.  Hmmm, makes cookies and milk sound a bit boring.

St. Nicholas and his Zwarte Piet assistants come in November by boat, train, or on horseback to get ready for his feast day, the 6th of December.

So today, little Ella, Stijn's niece, came decked in garland to grandma's to see what St. Nicholas had left for her the night before.

Our day was spent enjoying family, good food and watching Ella enjoying her gifts.

I wish all of you a Happy and Joyous Holiday Season wherever you may be!


  1. Ella is a beautiful young lady, and it's obvious that she has been a good girl, so I hope Saint Nicholas left her many wonderful gifts.
    I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season as well.

  2. I hope you had a great day, It looks like that you did.


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