So Sinterklaas arrived the other day so me and @mini_dutchie had to show of our matching kicks to him and this morning we found our shoes had a little surprise for us! As you all know by now we both love chocolate so this is a very welcome gift. So naughty and nice both got the same. (Obviously i'm the nice one.) The inside of the box (amongst other things) reads the following: Be real. Act stupid. Guess me and Mini will take that advice from the Sint to heart and continue to act crazy and never stop being kids. Because: well, Sint happens. ;) Thanks again Sinterklaas! @johnnydoodlenl #johnnydoodle | For those of you who have no clue about Sinterklaas, and this Dutch tradition, here's some background info:
Sinterklaas is based on the historical figure of Saint Nicholas (270–343), a Greek bishop of Myra in present-day Turkey. He is depicted as an elderly, stately and serious man with white hair and a long, full beard. He wears a long red cape or chasuble over a traditional white bishop's alb and sometimes red stola, dons a red mitre and ruby ring, and holds a gold-coloured crosier, a long ceremonial shepherd's staff with a fancy curled top. He traditionally rides a white horse. Sinterklaas carries a big, red book in which is written whether each child has been good or naughty in the past year.
In the weeks between his arrival and 5 December, Sinterklaas also visits schools, hospitals and shopping centers. He is said to ride his white-grey horse over the rooftops at night, delivering gifts through the chimney to the well-behaved children. Traditionally, naughty children risked being caught by Black (or purple, or whatever the F kinda color you want him to be, cause people take offense to him being black and try to ruin a kids day filled with happiness, like in the world we live in these days, that's what we need to worry about...) Pete, who carried a jute bag and willow cane for that purpose.
Before going to bed, children put their shoes next to the fireplace chimney of the coal-fired stove or fireplace (or in modern times close to the central heating radiator). They leave the shoe with a carrot or some hay in it and a bowl of water nearby "for Sinterklaas'