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Sinterklaas, Santa Claus
« on: March 13, 2020, 10:58:08 am »
By common consensus Santa Claus is based on one of those great Dutch successes - Sinterklaas. The English “Santa Claus” sounds like the Dutch “Sinterklaas”.
Sinterklaas - Sint Klaas. The Dutch word “Sint” would be translated “Saint” in English (instead of the anagram of Satan “Santa”).

Lately the popularity of Christmas has been growing while Sinterklaas in the Netherlands becomes less popular. Could Sinterklaas be even worse than Christmas?!?

Sinterklaas (“de Sint” in short) lives in Spain and comes to the Netherlands (and Belgium) in the beginning of November by boat.


Sinterklaas rides on a white horse (schimmel) and has black helpers (zwarte pieten).


Part of the legend of Sinterklaas is that only “sweet” kids get presents, while “naughty” kids get beaten up with some sticks (de roe), and really bad kids are taken in a bag to Spain.


Usually the kids have to sing in front of the chimney in the evening (most houses don’t have these anymore) to get presents in their shoe (which they find the following morning). The carrot is for the white horse.


These are usually relatively small present: often a piece of chocolate (both the chocolate letter and pepernoten are typical for Sinterklaas).


Sinterklaas rides over the rooftops accompanied by his zwarte pieten, which go down through the chimney to deliver the presents.
It is the parents that tell the kids how many times (not every evening) they can sing for presents. On December 5 is the big party when the presents are brought in a bag. The December 5 celebration is often with some riming verses that is either read to a kid or is read by the object of the rime.
Zwarte pieten these days do not carry “de roe” with them anymore and often have a small bag with candy; sometimes the candy is given in the hands of children or thrown.

While I’m disgusted with this celebration because it teaches children that it’s perfectly normal that (brainwashed) adults lie to them and that they get rewards for being hypocritically sweet, lately the masses have been demonstrating about the obvious racism that can be seen in the black coloured “Piet”.

 

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