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’tis the season – this time in Dutch

As I pointed out in my last post, ’tis the season. But since we’re a household with roots in two countries, we have to observe traditions from both. (The kids are not complaining, as it means they’re getting even more presents…)

For the Dutch, Christmas is more a celebration of family and friends, with good food and company. However, the date that the children look forward to is Sinterklaas.

While this year we did not go the the sinterklaas feest at the local Dutch club, the kids had a celebration at their Dutch lesson. A few weeks ago they drew lots to see whom they would give a gift to and have been preparing since then.

You see the actual gifts are only half the story. The wrapping is at least as important, as is the poem that describes the receiver of the present.

A few cardboard boxes, some glue, some paint and aluminum foil make an awesome boat and a robot.
A few cardboard boxes, some glue, some paint and aluminum foil make an awesome boat and a cool robot.

Armed with these works of art, the kids headed out to Dutch school on Saturday. They were not the only ones heavily laden with elaborate presents.

Pepernoten (little cookies) are liberally sprinkled around the room.
Pepernoten (little cookies) are liberally sprinkled around the room.
Since Luka loves books, she got one. (The one in front is regular sized, just for reference.)
Since Luka loves books, she got one. (The one in front is regular sized, just for reference.)
And you don't have to guess twice which one was for Kai.
And you don’t have to guess twice which one was for Kai.

It is great to see that even though we are at the other end of the world, running around in shorts and flip-flops, some traditions survive the trip. Home is where the heart is.

PS: And tonight we’ll get a visit from Sint. The sack is already packed…

...but Pssst! It's still a secret.
…but Pssst! It’s still a secret.
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3 thoughts on “’tis the season – this time in Dutch

  1. Hier zijn de Kids (en papa en mama) ook erg druk geweest met de surprise…. het is een winkel en een jigglypuff (pokemon) geworden! Erg goed gelukt . Morgen op school gaan ze sinterklaas vieren ben benieuwd waar ze mee thuis komen! Leuk dat jullie daar in het verre zuiden ook aan deze traditie vast houden! Groetjes Suzan

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  2. Wo,wat leuk,het lijkt onze voordeur wel!!Bij ons inBemmel kwam hij14dgn geleden aan in het dorp en meteen zondags kwam hij bij Opa en oma pakjes brengen er waren ook pakjes bij voor jullie die heeft Oma opgestuurd naar Australie,hopelijk komen ze bij jullie aan voor jullie op vacantie gaan!Dikke knuffel!!😘😘😘😘

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