2016 Advent Calendar: Day 171 minute read

Psalm 95:6

“Come, let us bow down in worship,

let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;

for he is our God

and we are the people of his pasture,

the flock under his care.”

Day 17: Christmas Around The World – The Netherlands

  • For most children in The Netherlands, the most important day during December is 5th December, when Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) brings them their presents!
  • St. Nicholas’ day is on the 6th December, but in The Netherlands, the major celebrations are held on the 5th December. The name Santa Claus comes from the name Sinterklaas.
  • It all starts on the second Saturday of November when Sinterklaas travels to a city or town in The Netherlands. Dutch tradition says that St. Nicholas lives in Madrid, Spain and every year he chooses a different harbour to arrive in Holland, so as many children as possible get a chance to see him.
  • Sinterklaas travels with his servants called ‘Zwarte Pieten’ (‘Black Peters’). When Sinterklaas and the Black Peters come ashore from the steamboat, all of the local church bells ring in celebration. Sinterklaas, dressed in his red robes, leads a procession through the town, riding a white horse.

Weekend Festive Photo Hunt Challenge 3

Can you find and take photos of:

  • a shepherd
  • a donkey
  • a window display
  • a church
  • a decorated car
  • a Santa hat
  • a wise man
  • mistletoe

Please be careful to leave everything exactly as you found it. No need to touch!

Send us your Festive Photo Hunt pictures!

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