Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Happy Sint Nicholaas Day!

Last night Catherine, Jenny, Sonia, Harm and I gathered together next to the roaring fire in the Oak Hall for a night of Dutch tradition. In Holland they celebrate Sint Nicholaas day on the 6th of December. On the night of December 5th children put their wooden shoes in front of the chimney with a carrot or hay for Sint Nicholaas' horse. The next day the shoes have a little gift if the child has been good and salt & pepper if they were naughty. It is also tradition to receive the first letter of your name made of chocolate, Harm was lucky enough to receive a H and a J from his family.
Catherine got Harm a tiny hammer and Sonia and I got him a bottle of tomato ketchup. Harm LOVES tomato ketchup and never ceases to amaze me with his new uses of the condiment. We decided to wrap them in about 20 layers of paper, boxes and bags to make things a little more fun.

Chocolate letters are hard to find in England so he gave each of us a little bag of chocolates from Montazuma's (a really good chocolate shop). We all sat around enjoying one anther's company eating traditional Dutch biscuits, candies and crisps for an hour or so. The whole evening was gorgeous (and now I can't wait for Christmas).


Annalise said...

Ohhh, that sounds fun! I love Christmas traditions and that sounds like a great one.

Only 20 days till Christmas! What is it about this holiday that makes me feel like a giddy little kid?

Katy said...

Oh how fun!!! I love this season!!!

Michon said...

FUN~I've been ready for christmas for 364 days!...wait cancel that....363(gotta include my bday) MISS YOU!

jenny said...

see.. thats where it would come in handy to have a large letter...like a W...because you get more choklate. Like if you were an "I" youd be totally robbed...but If you got like W....so much goodness. so little time.

jenny said...

WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW MUCH I MISS YOU. You'll be home for like a month, yes?! Oh I cant wait. You can see whopper AND ryan AND me AND kristin AANNNND you can drink diet coke again!!! Oh what fun times we'll have. What great games PEter! Just think of it! (That morphed into a Hook quote a little too fast) MISS YOU K'S VILLE! COME BACK TO ME.