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December differences

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December has always been one of my favorite months in the year. It is a month of celebration and reflection, but it's also a time where we can look forward to new things.

My favorite part of December is a Dutch celebration called Sinterklaas and I have been explaining it to my Canadian friends as Dutch Christmas.
Sinterklaas is the name of our Santa. Every year in late November her travels to the Netherlands form Spain in boats with presents and his helpers the Pete's. Every night till December 5th he walk the rooftops of all the houses to bring presents to the kids who put their shoes out by the door or the fireplace. On December 5th he makes his last round and leaves a bag of present at every house.

Sinterklaas is really big in the Netherlands and it comes with special food and festivities. My favorite food is are cookies called 'pepernoten' which are small and crispy cookies which are giving to children by the Pete's. Sinterklaas is also celebrated in the schools. Most of the times with games. There is even a Sinterklaas news that airs on national television every night for a whole month.

Another fun part is our way of doing 'Secret Santa'. We do a secret santa where you buy something for someone, but the biggest part of it is the 'surprise' you make for them. The surprise is the way you wrap you present and this is often very creative. A surprise is often related to hobby's or someones personality. You craft it form cardboard or paper maché. It can take a lot of effort but the most beautiful thing are made.

I celebrated Sinterklaas a tiny bit with my host family. I made them put their shoes out by the door so Sinterklaas could fill them with present, which he of course did. My parents also sent some of the traditional food and I everyone loved it. It is really fun sharing a part of you culture with others.

-JP

Posted by NSISPFC 07:07 Archived in Canada Tagged #nsispfc #nsisp

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