The kiddies here in Gent have been SO excited this week! Why you ask?
Well, because here they celebrate “Sinterklaas” on December 6th. Based on what I’ve been told via people at school, this is the BIG day for their children. Before they go to sleep, they put their shoe out with either sugar or carrots for Sinterklaas and his helpers, Zwarte Piet (Black Peter). *At school some mentioned beer…but, I think that’s for the parents. 🙂
In the morning, the good children awake to open their presents, while the bad children are stuffed into Zwarte Piet’s bag (seriously, how terrifying is that?!)!
Here is an article I read that really describes the holiday well. You can make your own judgments about Zwarte Piet…and I’ll keep my comments to myself!
I was also curious if the children believed in Santa Claus as well. Most people said that their children get presents on Dec 6th, 25th, and Jan 1st. Um, seriously kids, ask your parents to move here…
***This Sunday we have the pleasure of going to a Sinterklaas party (for adults) hosted by some Dutch people. I can’t wait to experience it firsthand!