I made some fun Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies for our Sinterklaas Party last night! They were as fun to look at as they were to eat! Continue reading
I needed some gift tags and could not see any that I liked anywhere, so I decided to make some up… and I would love to share them with you!
These are a larger tag, for those who would like to write a little note on it!
How are all of your holiday preparations and shopping coming along? I am in full speed right now, because we are basically celebrating this weekend, because it is our off year with all of the married kids! So wish me luck, OK?
We have a fun tradition that we have celebrated in our family for the past several years. Our oldest son served a mission for our church in the Netherlands and Sinterklaas Eve is a big celebration! It is basically the welcoming of Santa and the start of the Christmas season. In the Netherlands, Sinterklaas arrives on a boat and then rides a horse down through the town.
According to wikipedia, He is celebrated annually on Saint Nicholas’ eve (5 December) or on the morning of 6 December in Belgium and Northern France.
In the Netherlands, Saint Nicholas’ Eve, 5 December, became the chief occasion for gift-giving during the Christmas season. The evening is called Sinterklaasavond or Pakjesavond (boxing evening). For Belgian and some Dutch children, it is customary to put one shoe in front of the fireplace from the day Sinterklaas arrives in the Netherlands, usually in the third week of November, sing Sinterklaas songs and go to bed. A carrot and/or hay may put in the shoe as a treat for Sinterklaas’ horse. The next morning the carrot would be gone and the children may find candy or a small present in their shoes.
All the kids got their traditional Christmas jammies and a book from Grandma and Grandpa, so that they can use them all month long! And then as we
were all just sitting and visiting, guess who to my wondering eyes should appear? yep, it was Santa Claus, or as they say in the Netherlands, Sinterklaas!
Some welcomed Santa a lot better than others, but they all had a turn sitting on his lap and talking to him and they received a bag of treats from him. Santa was so nice to take the time to come and see us on his busy schedule, we sang him a song as he walked out the door and then the kids had to listen to see if they could hear the sleigh bells ringing!
We love the tradition of Sinterklaas Eve in our home, do any of you have any international traditions that you like to celebrate at this time of year. Whatever they are, I hope that they are filled with love and with your loved ones!
Happy Sinterklaas Day from our house to yours!