amsterdam 30The old church was built in the 14th C as a Catholic church dedicated to St Nicholas. Today, Dec 5 th, the Dutch celebrate St Nicholas Day. According to our tradition St Nicholas (Sinterklaas) comes with his assistants (they are all called Piet and have different tasks) from Spain on a steamboat🚢. They arrive in the middle of Nov. In the following weeks the Pieten will walk over the rooftops and listen down the chimneys to find out whether the children are well behaved. All well behaved children will receive gifts🎁 In those weeks before Dec 5th children can place their shoe under the chimney( or central heating😃) with a carrot for the horse of Sinterklaas. The next morning they will find a small gift or a chocolate letter( first letter of their name). In the past, children who misbehaved were taken by Piet in a burlap sack back to Spain🙃Sinterklaas has a big book with all the information about the behavior of the children. Tonight there will be a knock on the door and on the doorstep there will be a big basket full of presents🎁🎁🎁 We eat speculaas ( windmill cookies) and pepernoten (little spiced biscuits).
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